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David Snoke

Author of A Biblical Case for an Old Earth

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David Snoke's Bio:
Both a scientist and a preacher, David Snoke presents a theological study of several themes in the evolution discussion, including the balance theme of Scripture and the day-age interpretation. Complete with an appendix that gives a literal translation of Genesis chapters 1—11, this intriguing study will interest both scientists and lay Christians who want to dig into the faith-science intersection.

“In this book I argue that the old-earth position is a valid, conservative, and orthodox interpretation of the Bible. This may shock some people . . . In many people’s eyes, I have probably lost before I begin, because no matter what I argue from the Bible, they will say, ‘But you have come up with this just because you want the Bible to agree with science.’ . . . I hope by the end, however, that if readers have not been persuaded to agree with my views, they will at least agree that my arguments are biblical, a viable position in the debate among Christians and not wild-eye mangling of the Scriptures,” Snoke writes in his introduction.

David Snoke (Ph.D. 1990, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. magna cum laude 1983, Cornell University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Pittsburgh. From 1993 to 1994 he was a staff physicist at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, and from 1990 to 1992 he worked at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. He has published more than seventy scientific articles in international journals and two scientific books for Cambridge University Press on his work on lasers and semiconductors, as well as several articles on Christianity and science for World magazine and for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, and a high school physics textbook that integrates Christian theology, philosophy, and physics. He recently co-authored an article in Protein Science with Michael Behe, which is one of the few recent papers in a refereed science journal to explicitly express skepticism about Darwinian evolution. He is licensed to preach and an elder in the City Reformed Presbyterian Church, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which belongs to the Presbyterian Church in America denomination. He and his wife, Sandra, have four children, whom they have homeschooled.