Genesis of Germs
This fascinating book by the author of Body by Design delves into the world of microbiology from a Christian perspective. Although many biologists look at microbes as clues to our evolutionary history, many Christian biologists see microbes as further evidence for an all-powerful, innovative Creator. Like other life forms, there are both helpful and harmful microorganisms in our world, and this book is designed to introduce the reader to the world of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. While discussing infectious disease and pathogens, it takes the stance that these are the result of a sinful world and were not part of God's original design. Ten textbook-like chapters cover: microbes and their unique design, useful bacteria, harmful bacteria, protists, fungi, viruses, the immune system, emerging diseases, the origins of disease, and future plagues and pestilence. Formatted similarly to a textbook, chapters are divided into segments with interesting "asides" and chapter summaries, and black-and-white illustrations and diagrams augment the text. A full page of true/false and multiple-choice questions for each chapter is found towards the end of the book, and a page of critical thinking questions has also been included. I also appreciate the appendix on bacterial genetics, as this is often covered in college courses and will be useful for students to become familiar with. A lengthy reference list, glossary, and index are also included. 188, pb. Jess
As the world waits in fear, world health organizations race to develop a vaccine for the looming bird flu epidemic--a threat which has forced international, federal, and local governments to begin planning for a possible pandemic, and the widespread death and devastation which would follow. Will the world find an answer in time? Or will we see this threat ravage populations as others have before 1918 with influenza, in the late 18th century with yellow fever, or the horrific "black "death" or bubonic plague in 1347 A.D.?
Are these [viruses] examples of evolution? ...Did God make microbes by mistake? Are they accidents of evolution, out of the primordial soup? These timely questions are examined throughout this book. -from chapter 1
It seems that a new and more terrible disease is touted on the news almost daily. The spread of these scary diseases from avian flu to SARS to AIDS is a cause for concern and leads to questions, such as:
- Where did all these germs come from?
- How do they fit into a biblical world view?
- What kind of function did these microbes have before the Fall?
- Does antibiotic resistance in bacteria prove evolution?
- How can something so small have such a huge, deadly impact on the world around us?
Professor Alan Gillen sheds light on these and many other questions in this revealing and detailed book. He shows how these constantly mutating diseases are proof for devolution rather than evolution and how all of these germs fit into a biblical world view. Dr. Gillen shows how germs are symptomatic of the literal Fall and Curse of creation as a result of man's sin, and the hope we have in the coming of Jesus Christ.
We occasionally get requests for courses that will prepare students for careers in medicine. Whether interested in being a nurse's aid, nurse, or doctor, this series of planners and books can lay a solid foundation for a medical future. The Basic Pre-Med is ½ credit, and Advanced Pre-Med is a full high school credit. Each is laid out into 180 daily lessons that take 30-45 minutes. Suggested labs are mentioned in the front of each book, but they aren't required and are not written into the schedule. The schedule is in a chart that also provides space for assignment due dates and recording grades. Also included in each planner are worksheets for each chapter, quizzes, tests, and an answer key. Science of Life: Biology is a ½ credit study that covers an introduction to science the first semester and life science in the second semester. The first semester of Basic Pre-Med is microbiology, and the second semester is life science. The books used in Advanced Pre-Med can be studied in the sequence presented or as independent units. Lay the foundation from a biblical worldview and help your students prepare for their future. ~ Donna