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The Christian Essentials class has ended as of March 2, 2014, however this website will continue to have all of Dr. Wayne Grudem’s teachings from the past 11.5 years and may cover topics you are studying in the Bible. There are other teachers included in the 300+ lessons. Click on Messages to start your study.

Announcement about ending my teaching of this class at Scottsdale Bible Church, taken from a statement read Jan. 26, 2014 (by Wayne Grudem) Click here to read

THEISTIC  EVOLUTION (Available November 30)

Theistic EvolutionA Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian church.  Prominent organizations such as Biologos (USA) and Faraday Institute (UK) insist that Christians must yield to an unassailable scientific consensus in favor of contemporary evolutionary theory and modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life accordingly.  They promote a view known as “theistic evolution” or “evolutionary creation.”  They argue that God used—albeit in an undetectable way—evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life.  This book contests this proposal.  Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced.  It documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives—making the book essential reading for understanding this world view-shaping issue.


Professors and students at Christian colleges: scientists, engineers, and schoolteachers: educated lay people.

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Book Table of Contents

Wayne GrudemWAYNE GRUDEM (PhD, University of Cambridge, DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary.  He is the general editor of the ESV Study Bible and has published many books.

J.P. MorelandJ.P. MORELAND (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University.  He is an author of contributor to, or editor of over ninety books.

Stephen_Meyer STEPHEN MEYER (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center of Science and Culture.  He is the author of several books.

Chris ShawCHRIS SHAW (PhD, Queen’s University, Belfast) is professor of drug discovery in the school of pharmacy at Queen’s University in Belfast.  He is the cofounder of a biomarker discovery company.
Section One: The Scientific Critique of Theistic Evolution
1. Three Good Reasons for People of Faith to Reject Darwin’s Explanation of Life (Douglas D. Axe)
2. Neo-Darwinism and the Origin of Biological Form and Information (Stephen Meyer)
3. Evolution – A Story without a Mechanism (Matti Leisola)

Section Two: The Philosophical Critique of Theistic Evolution
16. Why Science Needs Philosophy (J.P. Moreland)
17. Should Theistic Evolution Depend On Methodological Naturalism? (Paul Nelson and Stephen Meyer)
18. How to Lose a Battleship: Why Methodological Naturalism Sinks Theistic Evolution (Stephen Dilley)

Section Three: The Biblical and Theological Critique of Theistic Evolution
25. An Overview of Specific Reasons Why Theistic Evolution is Incompatible with the Biblical Account of Creation and Undermines Several Crucial Christian Doctrines (Wayne Grudem)
26. Why Theistic Evolution is Incompatible with the Teachings of the Old Testament (John D. Currid)
27. Why Theistic Evolution is Incompatible with the Teachings of the New Testament (Guy Prentiss Waters)

Dr. Wayne Grudem is the teacher of Christian Essentials class. He became Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in 2001, after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 20 years. He served as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999) and as a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He has written more than 100 articles for both popular and academic journals as well as a number of books including: Systematic Theology: An Introduction of Biblical Doctrine, Politics - According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture. The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today, The First Epistle of Peter (TNTC), Business For the Glory of God, Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, and The TNIV and the Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy. He also served as General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (2008).

He has his own website which has extra lessons, videos and outlines for you to see -

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced the ESV Study Bible is the Christian Book Award Winner