Our Created Moon: Earth's Fascinating Neighbor
By Don DeYoung and John Whitcomb
Green Forest, Ariz
: Master Books
Reviewed by Dr. Trevor Craigen
15.1 (Spring 2004) : 112-113
In 1978, Don DeYoung and John Whitcomb co-authored The Moon: Its Creation, Form and Significance [BMH Books]. “Since then,” Don DeYoung writes in his preface, “a wealth of new information has appeared concerning the moon and space” (12).
The authors adopted basically the format of DeYoung’s three earlier books, Dinosaurs and Creation: Questions and Answers (Baker, 2000), Astronomy and the Bible: Questions and Answers (Baker, 2000), and Weather and the Bible: 100 Questions and Answers (Baker, 1992). Sixty-two questions, spread out over five chapters, provide answers for the kinds of questions most readers have asked at one time or another.
Chapter one furnishes interesting tidbits of information on earth’s nearest neighbor, e.g., its size, its distance from earth, its orbit, how it causes earth’s ocean tides, and its surface features. Chapter two instructs on a variety of subjects pertinent to the moon’s history, such as, “Is moon dust an age indicator?” and “What lunar origin theory dominates today?” Having accepted without hesitation the accuracy and integrity of the Genesis creation account, the authors do not reject the fact of the moon’s creation, specifically on the fourth day of a six-day creation week. Similarly, neither do they stretch “day” in the Genesis record beyond its normal, literal meaning. From the science side, the reader learns that creationists are the only ones apparently acknowledging the fallibility of radioisotope dating results, and recognizing that the interpretation of these results is enmeshed in evolutionary assumptions of an old universe (63).
Chapter three’s eleven questions direct attention to the purposes of the moon, taking the reader on a tour of how the moon determines Easter dates, affects seasons and the weather, plants and animals, protects from space collisions, etc. The reader is reminded of the precise occurrence of eclipses and their contribution to historical chronology, even confirming the accuracy of the chronological systems used by OT scribes (83). Chapter four deals with the moon in Scripture. Various options on how the moon stood still for Joshua’s “long-day” are briefly presented. In four and a half pages, the double revelation theory receives short shrift, as it should. The work acknowledges that these two distinct and fully authoritative revelations of God— in Scripture and in nature—operate with a heavy bias against the theologian and his interpretation of Scripture. Although the authors do not say it openly, the bias should flow the other way in this discussion, namely, if the prevailing theory does not fit with the biblical record, then it should be subjected to scrutiny. They correctly affirm that the Bible is competent to present the when, who, how, and why of creation, and that science alone is not competent to address the when and how of origins.
Chapter 5, “Answering the Critics,” carefully points out how essential the moon is for the earth’s stable existence and how holding to a creationist view does not stifle legitimate and earnest scientific research. Further, great distances in space do not of necessity demand a vast time-scale. The chapter proposes other viable explanations. That the moon will cease to exist at the end of the millennium (cf. Isa 60:19; Ps 72:7; Rev 20:11), frankly, presents a far more appealing closure of history under divine control than the bleak picture painted by evolution, which looks at a slow spiral away from earth until earth becomes completely unstable and arid, and unable to sustain life [69-70, 104].
Seventeen figures, four tables, an appendix describing the topography of the moon from two photographs, and a glossary of terms give the book just that extra bit of class. An index of figures and tables would certainly have been a useful addition.
The remarkable achievements in space exploration of the past decade have ignited further interest in the origins of the earth, moon, solar system, and galaxy. This book is timely, and chockablock with information. Our Created Moon is well worth having on the shelf as an instructive resource.