HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Evolution Vs. Science and the Bible
Author and Illustrator: Bob West
Publisher: Bob West Graphics, second edition published in 1994
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 11 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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West, Bob. Evolution Vs. Science and the Bible (published in 1974 by Bob West Graphics, R. R. 4 Box 175-C. Rich Mountain Rd., Brevard, NC 28712). Bob West is an artist and graphic designer who is perhaps best known for his religious cartoon “Theophilus.” I went to college with his daughter Suzanne. A few years ago I was preparing to teach a young people’s class on the subject of evolution and the Bible in the congregation where I was located. It was my intention to use Rita Rhodes Ward’s excellent little classbook of 1968, In the Beginning, which I had studied in the teenage class of the congregation where I grew up. Unfortunately, I found that it is no longer available.
However, about that same time, I discovered Evolution Vs. Science and the Bible, a similar classbook by Bob West. Bob wrote, “During the early seventies I researched, wrote, illustrated, and published a teacher guide and a book with 13 student lessons titled Evolution vs. Science & the Bible. It has been used in Home Schooling, Bible class curriculum in churches, and for private study by individuals.” The thirteen chapter lessons are “In the Beginning—What?”, “Creation,” “Assumptions of Evolution,” “Did Life Begin Without God?”, “How Old Is the Earth?”, “Missing ‘Links,’” “After Its Kind,” “What Keeps Kinds Apart?”, “’Proof’ of Evolution,” “An Unscientific Theory,” “An Unscriptural Doctrine,” “The Fruit of Evolution,” and “In the End God.”
The book is intended as a workbook with quizzes after nearly every chapter and a final test at the end. In addition to using it for Bible classes in the church, we have done as the author suggested and used it in our homeschool curriculum as well. A “Teacher’s Guide and Supplement” was also available, but I don’t think that I ever used it. I don’t know whether the course is available any longer or not, and I’ve not seen it advertised or offered for sale for a number of years now, but I know that through the years we have used it to good effect.