To understand the theory of evolution and the doctrine of creation one needs a background in anthropology, botany, biochemistry, geology, paleontology, zoology, and physics. Pattle P. T. Pun is well versed in these fields and has an ongoing communication with scholars in the various disciplines. He is also aware of current thinking in the evolution-creation issues. In addition, Dr. Pun is a graduate of San Diego State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo with research in biochemistry and microbiology; therefore, he is well qualified to interpret the findings of investigators seeking the origins of life and species.
Dr. Pun's book deals with both the factual data and the probable mechanisms involved in bringing living organisms onto the planet. The intricacies of cell biology and gross anatomy are presented in concise statements that show the significance of such knowledge. The evidence leads the author to conclude that there has been some descent with modification following the creation of the original species. However, Dr. Pun does not accept the total theory of evolution even in its so-called theistic form. This volume is especially commendable for stating alternative viewpoints and evaluating each. However, the reader is given the information needed to make the decisions.
Material not readily found in popular textbooks is presented, and even advanced students of origins will find material not usually dealt with in many courses dealing with creation and evolution. For example, the volume contains a fascinating account of Genesis contrasted with Babylonian stories of creation; judgments on methods of dating the age of the earth and Christian views correlating Genesis with conclusions of the geochronologists; history of the growth of ideas in both theological and scientific areas; and conclusions based on "empirical adequacy" and "rational coherency," which are two of the author's criteria.
Few individuals are scholars in all areas and equipped to fully comprehend
all phases of this book. However, each of us can profit according to his
training from the comprehensive treatment that Dr. Pun has produced. I
predict that this volume will have an impact in the apologetic field, and
I commend it to you for your thoughtful reading.
RUSSELL L. MIXTER
Professor of Biology
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois