At last!

Refuting Compromise

Refuting Compromise
Dr Jonathan Sarfati

The most powerful and scientific defense of a straightforward view of Genesis creation ever written.


A great tool to challenge your compromising pastor/Christian leader

by Ken Ham

First published in Answers Update, March 2004
[minor updates 22 Aug 2006]

It’s been a long time in the making. A monumental book being released this month marks, I believe, a whole new era in the history of the modern creation movement.

About 40 years ago, Drs Morris and Whitcomb’s famous The Genesis Flood started the modern creation movement that eventually swept around the world.

Countless missionaries, pastors, other Christian leaders and others around the world have told me that The Genesis Flood turned them back to biblical authority, igniting a ‘fire’ within them to combat evolutionary humanism and proclaim the Gospel.

Just as the 16th-century Reformation invoked massive opposition, so too did the creation movement, which is similarly calling the church and culture back to biblical authority and away from the fallible opinions of man.

Sadly, I believe the most intense opposition to the creation movement has come from the church (pastors, seminary and Bible college professors, etc.). Because much of the church gave up the history in Genesis (including its geology, biology, astronomy, anthropology, etc.), the ‘world’ could see that the church had given up biblical authority. So society had a field day throwing out biblical morality, which comes from this authority.

The creation movement, despite its relatively small size, has had much success in convincing people that Darwinian evolutionary ideas were not supported by observational science—and in showing clearly the evil fruits (increasing abortion, homosexual behavior, etc.) when abandoning biblical authority.

While many church leaders saw ‘evolution’ as a dirty word, so to speak, most were uneasy about going against the academics of the age when it came to the world’s teaching on millions of years as the age of the earth.

Enter the seductive but very dangerous compromise position called ‘progressive creation.’ Many church leaders worldwide quickly adopted this belief, as taught by its leading proponent, Dr Hugh Ross from Reasons To Believe. It seemed to allow Christians to oppose Darwin and be biblically ‘conservative,’ while allowing them to accept much of the world’s teaching on origins.

In brief, progressive creation accepts geological and astronomical evolution and the same ‘sequence of appearance’ as biological evolution. Mixed in with the biblical text, it produces a view that teaches a local (not global) flood; soulless quasi-humans before Adam and Eve; big bang cosmology; and death, violence and disease before sin.

Dr Ross’s major books have been published by NavPress, the publishing arm of the Navigators ministry, and his positions have been adopted widely in the church.

I maintain that progressive creation has greatly contributed to the decline of Christianity in America, because the church itself undermined its own authority—the Word of God.

CMI scientist Dr Jonathan Sarfati, after detailed peer review from theologians and scientists worldwide, has now completed the 411-page book Refuting Compromise.

I believe this book will have an impact similar to that of the famous Genesis Flood.

In the foreword, theologian Dr Douglas Kelly (Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina), states:

‘I deem Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Compromise to be of pivotal importance for overcoming the present confusion on Genesis and science among many Christians.

‘I think what he has accomplished in this truth-packed (yet understandable) volume is to take us a long step further in supplanting the failed evolutionary/long-age paradigm by the one taught in Scripture.’

Published: 8 February 2006