Subscribe now

The Misted World of Genesis One

By Michael L. Drake
July 2020 | Review by Arthur Jones
  • Publisher: Wycliffe Scholastic
  • ISBN: 978-0-99414-951-0
  • Pages: 456
  • Price: 7.49
Buy this book »

Book Review

There have been so many books on the creation chapters of Genesis that there have to be compelling reasons to recommend another addition. When I started to read Michael Drake’s book, I must admit that, from my knowledge of the author’s background and writings, I expected it to be relevant and interesting, but I did not think it would add anything that would warrant a high recommendation. I was wrong: it is a significant addition.

Drake rightly notes that ‘Genesis 1 is among the clearest, most comprehensible passages in the entire Bible’ (p.1). Its storyline is as straightforward and unambiguous as it is dramatic: God created the heavens and the earth in six days. But equally clearly, that affirmation contradicts the conclusions of today’s mainstream science. So how should evangelical Christians (understood as those who believe in the inspiration of the Bible by God) respond to this situation?

Some very prominent evangelical biblical scholars are convinced that harmony must exist between the contemporary models of secular science and the Bible. They argue that our modern knowledge of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) literature and culture, and the conventions of the Hebrew language, enable us to interpret Genesis in ways that do not conflict with mainstream science.

So there is today a significant number of evangelical scholars who interpret God’s creative act in terms of natural evolutionary processes over long periods of geological time. In order to do so they have to revise the traditional evangelical doctrine of God’s inspiration of the Bible in terms of the belief that ANE mythology influenced the writing of Genesis. Thus these scholars envelope the first chapters of the Bible in obscure complexity, requiring their special knowledge to unravel what is claimed to be its true meaning.

Part 1 of The Misted World of Genesis One reviews that scholarship in the light of biblical and extrabiblical evidence, and affirms the perspicuity of the Bible. Genesis 1 can be understood without access to meanings hidden in the mists of ancient pagan culture and purportedly obscure language. In particular, Drake addresses the arguments of John Walton (The Lost World of… series) and John ‘Jack’ Collins, who have had an enormous influence in the evangelical world. These chapters alone make the book vital reading for concerned Christians.

Part 2 helps readers explore Genesis 1 as the beginning of the Christ-centred biblical narrative from creation to new creation. With stunning clarity Drake explains how the beginning of the Bible gives glory to God, meaning to existence, integrity to personhood, insight for life, and confidence that God will fulfil his promises to redeem to himself, through Christ, a people to live in his coming new heavens and new earth.

This title is highly recommended.

Arthur Jones


0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Coping with Criticism: Turning pain into blessing
Mostyn Roberts

Have you ever faced criticism and found it painful and difficult to cope with? In this short title, Mostyn Roberts addresses this common problem. The book began as a paper written for a ministers’ fraternal, and was later expanded into…

See all book reviews
The History and Theology of Calvinism
Curt Daniel

This must be the most comprehensive study of the subject available today. It is difficult to think of any aspect of Calvinism that is not covered. It is divided into two major sections. The first covers the history, and ranges…

Searching Our Hearts in Difficult Times
John Owen

It is difficult to do this book justice in a review – the only way to grasp how helpful it is will be to read it for yourself. John Owen has a reputation for writing in a style that is…

An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian vision for every stage of life
Crawford Gribben

This unusual yet valuable book is not a biography of the influential Puritan. Rather its purpose – which it achieves capably – is ‘to discover the kind of life he hoped his readers would experience’ (p.13). Drawing on Owen’s extensive…