by Dean Davis
Posted with permission of author.
Do you believe--or at least suspect--that there is a Supreme Being behind the cosmos? Would you like to know more about him? Do you want to understand how, when, and why he created the universe? Or what will become of it in ages to come? If so, In Search of the Beginning was written especially for you. In it, author Dean Davis invites seekers of cosmological truth on a fascinating journey to the origin of the universe, life, and man. Along the way, you'll consider how the journey can be made successfully--whether by scientific theorizing, mystical experience, or divine revelation. You will visit with philosophical naturalists, both ancient and modern. You'll hear from pantheists, both classical and evolutionary. But most importantly, you'll ponder afresh the cosmological views of one who is arguably the most trusted religious Teacher of all time. And you will not be disappointed with what he says. Throughout the journey, Davis shows himself a competent and compassionate guide. He holds degrees in both Philosophy and Theology, and has been an avid student of origins science for many years. Also, for four long years he made his own difficult pilgrimage toward spiritual reality--years that qualify him to speak with feeling and insight to seekers everywhere, especially those immersed in Eastern religions. In Search of the Beginning is unlike any book on cosmology you have ever read: informed, readable, spiritually minded, and at times even poetic. But more than this, it is a book that actually goessomewhere: to the beginning, and to the one who began it all!
About the Author
Dean Davis (1947- ) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1969, he graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Philosophy. A true child of the 60's, he plunged headlong into the counterculture, practicing a wide variety of Eastern religions, especially Zen Buddhism. Then, in 1974, in the midst of a deep personal crisis, the God of the Bible graciously stepped in, turning a seeker into a finder, and an orphan into a beloved son, all through a life-changing revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then, Dean has followed the Lord down many roads, serving as a pastor, teaching elder, Sunday School director (with his wife, Linda), Christian bookstore manager, pro-life leader, and substitute school teacher. In recent years, he has greatly enjoyed working as the Director of Come Let Us Reason, a Bible teaching ministry specializing in Worlvdiew Studies and Apologetics. He and Linda currently reside in Santa Rosa, California. Believing with Luther Burbank that it is indeed "the chosen spot of the earth as far as nature is concerned," they hope to grow old there together, even as they keep careful tabs on their five far-flung kids: Mark, Beth, Jonathan, Rebekah, and Sara.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: The Test, the Teacher, and the Beginning
Chapter 1: In Search of the Beginning
Chapter 2: Naturalism on the Beginning
Chapter 3: A Critique of the Naturalist Beginning
Chapter 4: Pantheism on the Beginning
Chapter 5: The Teacher on the Beginning
Chapter 6: A Critique of the Biblical Beginning
Chapter 7: The Way to the Beginning
Appendix 1: The Unity of the Bible
Appendix 2: Old Testament Messianic Types
Appendix 3: New Testament References to Genesis 1-11