Questions from Kids on Space and Astronomy (The Answers Book for Kids #5) PDF
by Ken Ham
Overall, this is a good edition to the series. While I found books 3 and 4 centered on information present in many places and, therefore, somewhat boring, the questions of these later volumes (5 & 6 were released simultaneously) are back to the caliber of the early editions (1 & 2) and indicate an expansion of both depth and breadth of creation science knowledge by the inquirers.
However, the following made me slightly uncomfortable:
1) Many of the questions do not have a direct Biblical connection. For example, "Do meteors burn up and are they dangerous?" The answer, which references scientific facts (how meteors behave, the difference between meteors, meteoroids and asteroids), and historical events (the 2013 meteor hit in Russia). However, consistent with the format, a Bible verse appears above the answer. In this case, it reads, "Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: why should you die before your time? (Ecclesiastes 7:17)." What does this verse have to do with the answer? Why is it here? At the bottom of the page, two verses are listed. I looked these verses up and have written them out here:
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time."
The Romans passage *could have* been related to the answer, but this type of theological concept is not discussed. It seems that some effort should be made to distinguish between those questions and answers that are based on Biblical texts and those that are not. It also seems that a commitment to the format overruled the concept that the Biblical passages should make sense!
2) Is it possible there are living things in space?
The Bible does not speak to this directly, yet AIG materials take a strong stand against life beyond Earth. While I find their theological arguments compelling, I would feel comfortable with more room left for the unknown.
3) Did Christians believe the earth was flat?
This answer is strong, as it is largely based in history. However, the last paragraph states, "From the big picture, though, Christians should always be careful about taking ideas that come from outside Scripture and mixing them with their Christianity. Instead, we should trust what God's Word says since He knows best." A little of this discretion would go a long way, at least in making me feel wholly comfortable with the book.
These points considered, I still highly recommend this series. There is not much out there to examine these points of creationism, especially for kids. And even the areas in which we disagree can lead to wonderful discussion among groups of children and adults. After all, complete agreement is not necessary for fellowship and we need to model that for our children too, even as we teach them to think critically.
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