Having read THE GENESIS ONE CODE this reader felt it was helpful to review the credential of author Daniel Friedmann, and that bears repeating: `Daniel Friedmann is a student of the origin of the universe and life on earth both from the scientific and biblical perspectives. As author of The Genesis One Code, he demonstrates an alignment between the times of key events described in the creation narrative in the book of Genesis with those derived from scientific theory and observation. He is currently writing a second book entitled Adam and the Homo sapiens which will demonstrate an alignment between the key events and timeline recounting the appearance of humans in the book of Genesis with those derived from the fossil record and genetic studies. Born in Chile and raised in Canada, he is currently CEO of Canada’s leading aerospace company that built the Canadarms, and is involved in space exploration and the Hubble telescope. He is a professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in engineering physics. He has 30 years’ experience in the space industry, having worked on projects in fifteen countries while throughout the decades conducting extensive scientific research. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on space industry topics and cosmology. He is also a longtime student of religion and for the past 14 years has attended the Vancouver Kollel center for learning. His work on reconciling the biblical account with scientific observation utilizing his biblical clock formula has been reported in various newspapers, magazines and radio talk shows. He is passionate about helping young adults put science and the Bible in correct context.’
As it turns out his second book is not called `Adam and the Homo sapiens’ but instead the title be chose is THE BROKEN GIFT, and from the PR information comes the following statement: ‘The Broken Gift carefully examines the relationship between scientific theory and Biblical teachings. The book approaches the human origins debate from a fresh perspective informed by both scientific and scriptural research. The author demonstrates alignment between key events and their dates relating to the appearance and early history of our species as described in Genesis chapters 1 through 11 (Adam, Adam’s descendants, the Flood, and the fall of Babel) with those derived from scientific observation. Could both be true?’ And that is a very and astute summary of the contents of this immensely readable book.
Friedmann wisely and slowly explains the differences between the views of the various groups of thought about the Origins Debate: the Scientific Inquiry (beginnings, the age of the Earth, evolution, genetics, and human evolution) and Creation (Scientific Creationism, Theistic Evolution, Intelligent Design). He then discusses the various discrepancies found in fossil dating, the various approaches to the meaning of `time’ (whether the world was created in the Genesis story of six consecutive days or whether the passage of history has suggested different meanings for the term `time’). He likewise explores the development of language (referencing the Tower of Babel), the migration of homo sapiens from Africa to the rest of the world, the scientific evidence of such Genesis stories as the Flood, Adam and the concept of Original Sin, and then explores some scientific theories such as Wave-Particle Duality. At book’s end he adds generous appendices – and for this reader this is the most interesting, fascinating portion of the book to read.
Perhaps every reader will judge the contents of this book based on personal history and beliefs and that seems to be all that Friedmann is asking of us – to stop the battle between those who say the Bible is completely factual and true and must be taken on faith without engaging reason and those who debunk anything Biblical as fairytales for the weak of mind as contradictory to new found and daily investigated scientific facts about `How we began’. Friedmann marries the two concepts in an admirably thoughtful way and for all his research and his personal commitment to bring some mutual agreement to both sides of this debate he deserves at the very least a reading of his books. AND there is something for everyone, no matter the side of belief, to learn from reading this book. Grady Harp, July 13
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