In Somewhere in the Bible: Understanding Bible Scriptures and Creation, Harris F. Allen addresses some of the questions and confusions people often have when they read the Scriptures. The Bible is difficult to understand at times, and connecting it to modern concepts, especially science, can be even harder. Allen gives an easy and understandable explanation of the Bible to help readers relate biblical truth to science.
According to Allen, scientific theories are limited in their ability to explain the natural world. The only way to answer our deepest wonderings is to recognize the existence of God. The first part of the book discusses various biblical topics from the writings of Moses to the predictions in Revelation. In the second part, Allen uses a combination of scientific research and the Bible to disprove common misconceptions about subjects such as the Ice Age, evolution, the Big Bang theory, and the Flood. One unique attribute of this book is that the chapters can be read in any order. Allen earned his degree in pharmaceutical science from Samford University, where he took courses on the Old and New Testament.
1 John 1:4 says “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.” Allen’s writing always reflects the message of this verse as he consistently points readers back to the truth of God’s Word. In addressing both a Christian and secular audience, the author emphasizes that “…all we really need to know is somewhere in the Bible” (p. 272).
In his chapter on the Flood, Allen explains a recent theory, though not his own, on how a global flood could have happened, how it may have reshaped the earth, and how it is most likely the cause of fossilized animals found in remote areas today. The scientific arguments Allen presents are sound, yet he consistently remains true to Scripture by using the Flood to explain commonly debated topics in science.
Although this book presented some intriguing topics, I found it somewhat average in regard to writing style. On the positive side, I gained new insight into how science can explain phenomena in the Bible. I also liked that the author did not use a lot of theological and scientific jargon. However, the book was not written with flair and, as such, is not as uplifting and engaging as material such as this should be. Also, the book failed to provide a clear focus due to random organization. The chapters on the Bible are mainly summarized versions of the story; the main point are often vague. If you know the Bible well, this book might seem redundant to you. If you want to know more about the background of the Bible, or if you are interested in biblical scientific research, this book is a good starting place. This book could also be helpful to Sunday school teachers and small group leaders to help generate discussions. – Brianna Wyatt, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
For all who have found the Bible difficult to read and science hard to understand, this author did too! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone would take the time to study things such as difficult verses? Also, would it be helpful if somebody wrote it in a book? Have we really found real truth to Noah’s flood? Does anyone know the physics that could cause such a global occurrence? Someone has now researched for most of a lifetime, plus three extra years of intensive study. The answers are not always easy, the solutions not always simple. Modern Science finds more evidence almost daily that there once was a flood of such proportions. Author, Harris F. Allen has spent countless hours attempting to answer his own questions. He has a few tools including much science and Bible in his college studies. Always an active overachiever, Allen has become deaf and partially disabled. That left far more time and greater opportunity than he could ever imagine. Having a history of regular church attendance from his early youth, the author received a reasonable background, but always had some unanswered questions. So, in pharmacy school in a Baptist college, he excelled in New and Old Testament studies. Chemistry and science of various sorts were the main topics of study, and by adding Bible, that is an ideal mix for this discussion. Allen will present his findings from both a scientific view and a Biblical understanding. He will explain what he found about difficult verses and some parts of the Bible that seem at times to be in conflict. He will also discuss the physics, biochemistry and other dynamics that could be involved in such a worldwide flood. Regardless of science or Biblical belief, the flood did occur at about the time the Bible said it did.