A 21st century creation classic

A new era in fighting compromise in the church

5 April 2004

Why write Refuting Compromise?

Christianity is under massive attack at its Genesis foundations. Without the historical origin of sin and death, the mission of Christ—the ‘last Adam’—becomes lost in a sea of woolly meaninglessness.


Chapter headings:

  1. The authority of scripture
  2. The days of creation
  3. The history of interpretation of Genesis 1–11
  4. The order of creation
  5. The big bang and astronomy
  6. The origin of death and suffering
  7. The created kinds
  8. The global Flood and Noah’s Ark
  9. The history of mankind
  10. ‘Biblical’ old-age arguments
  11. Science and the young earth
  12. Refuting old-earth arguments
Refuting Compromise
Refuting Compromise

With brilliant clarity Jonathan Sarfati, author of the best-selling Refuting Evolution and Refuting Evolution 2, has produced a comprehensive and biblically-based refutation of progressive creationism. He addresses such issues as:

  • Death, bloodshed, and disease existed before Adam and Eve. True?
  • Noah’ s flood was only a local event. Really?
  • Man-like creatures existed before Adam and Eve, but had no spirit, and thus no salvation. Evidence?
  • Six days or six ages? What does the biblical text actually say?
  • See introductory chapter and reviews


Many otherwise sound evangelical leaders, thinking that the only real enemy is ‘Darwinism,’ are being seduced by the promise of ‘progressive creationism.’ Its most prominent voice, astronomer Dr Hugh Ross, has convinced many that here is a biblically sound way to accommodate the ‘facts of science.’

But in what is probably the most powerful biblical and scientific defense of a straightforward view of Genesis creation ever written, Dr Jonathan Sarfati relentlessly exposes and refutes the views of Ross in this monumental 411–page detailed work that ‘leaves no stone unturned’ as he honors the Scripture and dismantles the progressive creationist (and other) compromise positions.

Any reader—thoughtful layperson, theologian or scientist—genuinely willing to honor God’ s Word will come to the conclusion (even if unwelcome) that evangelicalism has, in this arena, abandoned its heritage of sound exegesis.

This is a much-needed wake-up call for the church—how can true revival come while we disregard the Bible’ s authority in the crucial area of history?

Dr Sarfati
About the author

Dr Jonathan Sarfati

Dr Jonathan Sarfati obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Wellington (New Zealand) with two physics papers substituted (nuclear and condensed matter physics), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He has co-authored papers in mainstream scientific journals on high-temperature superconductors and selenium-containing ring and cage-shaped molecules.

A Christian since 1984, Dr Sarfati has long been interested in apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith), and co-founded the Wellington Christian Apologetics Society. Since 1996, he has been a research scientist, speaker and writer for Creation Ministries International (formerly Answers in Genesis) in Brisbane, Australia, where he has authored the top-selling Refuting Evolution and its sequel, Refuting Evolution 2. He is also co-author of the updated and expanded The Creation Answers Book.

A former New Zealand Chess Champion and F.I.D.E. Master (FM—International Chess Federation), Dr Sarfati has, blindfolded, mastered up to 12 opponents simultaneously. In print, he is more than a formidable mind: he is a concise and clear communicator.

More about this book

Excerpt from the book:

‘I started reading Refuting Compromise with the intention of just skimming parts of it until I had more time. But I couldn’t put it down.

‘The book is very much needed today, and will no doubt be used by the Lord to strengthen many.’

—Ed S., Georgia

‘If we marry our theology to today’s science, we’ll be widowed tomorrow … . Those who wish to deny a particular interpretation of Genesis need to find a basis in the biblical text from the application of these rules; an appeal to general human fallibility is simply not sufficient … compromise with materialism is impossible, for materialists will never be satisfied until all of Christianity is vanquished … .’

Dr Douglas Kelly, Professor of Systematic Theology, writes:

‘This book is of pivotal importance for overcoming the present confusion on Genesis and science among many Christians who wish to expound faithfully and intelligibly the scriptural texts … with crystal clarity, Dr Sarfati works through the often convoluted arguments of those opposed to a plain reading of Genesis in both the scriptural and scientific arenas … some of the most convincing answers I have yet seen.’

You will be equipped to refute—and confront—compromise! Purchase one for your pastor, too! Now available worldwide in our bookstore!

[Ed. note: Ken Ham says:

Well, I believe, personally, that your book, Refuting Compromise, is a classic on the same scale as The Genesis Flood. … I personally believe it’ll go down in history as a turning point in the creationist ministry worldwide. I see it as that important. I see it as that definitive. … I really see it as a modern creationist classic. And I really believe that every single person needs a copy of this book to show the positive aspects, that we can defend, logically, the book of Genesis, and that God’s word is authoritative right from the very beginning, and we can confront compromise, like Progressive Creationism … (AnswersLIVE, Refuting Compromise, live broadcast 27 April 2004)]

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