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I got a text message this morning that sent me down the rabbit hole of public commentary and reviews of my recent books The Quest: Exploring Creation's Hardest Problems and The Fool and the Heretic . I don't really recommend reading a lot of reviews of your own work because inevitably you start doubting your basic ability to communicate ("Why would they think I meant that ?!"). You also start squabbling with the reviewers in your head ("I'm not wrong, you are! "), and it can spiral pretty quickly. On the other hand, I think it's highly instructive in ways that people don't intend. Consider this not so much a rebuttal as a reflection on the state of communication in the creation/evolution debate. The biggest thing I notice is that everyone frames their reception of my work in terms of their own experiences. I guess that's obvious, but with a work as personal as The Quest , the reviews can meander off and become a review of me as a p
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And it's about human origins. Usually, I like to keep my work to myself and surprise people with the finished product, but I'm working on something so big now that I can benefit from additional advice and even encouragement. This book started out as a short work that was going to be like The Quest , where I mercilessly cut material out so that I could craft a good, light, compelling narrative. I was hoping to pop out a nice quick book(let) on human origins that I could give to people wanting to understand what I research and why. And I was hoping to finish in six weeks. As I continued writing, I realized three important things. First, my plan was too ambitious. I was working very hard to write the creationist book about human origins that I always wanted to read. I want the book to integrate science and theology, and I want it to address issues that are typically ignored by everyone. I also want it to be beautiful, with great artwork and diagrams. That's a l