Ken Ham has become the leading figure in Biblical creationism and rightly so. His Creation Museum and Ark projects are fantastic displays of Biblical testimony to an early earth creation. This little book is a proposition from Ham that the church is out of step with the presentation of the gospel in our day. He contrasts Peter’s sermon at Pentecost with Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill. The Jewish audience of Acts 2 was more knowledgeable of Bible doctrine than the Gentiles who heard Paul at Athens in Acts 17. Ham is proposing that America has changed from people who knew the Word of God to a people who do not, and therefore we should change our way of presenting the gospel from an Acts 2 model to an Acts 17 model. Personally I’m not convinced that there is as much difference in the two chapters as some like to think. Ham, of course, sees a need to re-teach Genesis as a starting point for the Biblically illiterate, and he also has curriculum to fill that void. I’m always a little saddened (as a pastor) when Ham portrays the local church as failing to teach the whole Bible, and also when he portrays young people as knowing more about what they need than does the church. But Ken Ham has done a terrific job of keeping creationism prominent in our day and for that I am extremely thankful. I can’t blame him too much for continuing to toot his own horn.
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