Review: What Happened in the Garden?

27163295What Happened in the Garden?: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and Fall of Man edited by Abner Chou is the collective effort of John MacArthur and The Master’s College and Seminary faculty, and includes new scientific, literary, business, educational, and legal perspectives on creation and the fall of man. It is a worthwhile volume that will both equip and prepare the reader for a lifetime of reflection.

The book is divided into three major sections with fifteen chapters, including an introduction and conclusion. Part one contains four distinct essays on Genesis 2-3. Each essay is significant in its own right, and the ground covered properly sets the stage for the remainder of the book. The opening chapter surveys the hermeneutical issues and provides the reader with adequate lenses to understand the challenges involved. Part two contains two important essays and primarily looks to deal with the theological consequences of the creation and fall. The initial chapter establishes the historic position of the Christian church regarding the universal effect of Adam’s transgression. The second chapter affirms the messianic prophecy of Genesis 3:15 and theological importance of the historical Adam and Eve. Part three covers the worldview implications of the creation and fall. This final section includes seven essays and will be the practical heartbeat of the book for most readers. It is here that the contributors seek to view various aspects of reality through the lenses of Genesis 3 and the previously established worldview.

There are few realities more imperative to our theological understanding of the present world than that discovered in Genesis 1-3. What Happened in the Garden?: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and Fall of Man edited by Abner Chou provides an up-to-date engagement on this age-old discussion. The content is clear and appropriately organized. The presuppositions are conservative evangelical in nature, and thus some readers will be met with significant disagreement. Nevertheless, as stated above, this is a worthwhile volume that will both equip and prepare the reader for a lifetime of reflection. It comes highly recommended!

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