As worshippers of the living God, it seems only right that we should appreciate the beauties and wonders of His Creation around us,” writes Brother David Burges on page 134 of his 202-page book Wonders of Creation The Works of the Divine Designer published by The Testimony in 2017. He is right, and there is much in the natural world to intrigue, baffle, delight and excite the most jaded mind, which takes the trouble to ponder the wonders of God’s creative work.

Brother Burges is Science Editor of The Testimony, and this book of 46 short chapters, many beautifully illustrated, is comprised of articles which appeared in that magazine over the last two decades. Often, the sources of the information on which he drew were reports published in reputable popular science journals such as New Scientist, Physics World and Nature. In some instances, the sources were articles published in more specialised academic journals. Many branches of science are covered in the book, including physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, cosmology, morphology, ornithology and entomology.

Intelligent Design

The book opens with an essay on God as Creator, emphasising the centrality of the new creation in Christ. This is followed by four general articles on the nature of life forms. A feature of this section is the testimony of biochemistry as evidence for a Divine Creator. There then follows discrete groups of articles about the universe, plants, insects, animals and birds, and man. Over and over, the author draws attention to the evidence of intelligent design in the natural world to underpin our confidence in the Creator and His design for the New Creation in Christ.

In some circles it is fashionable to denigrate the “design argument” as evidence of a Creator. Many scientists attack any suggestion of intelligent design in the natural world with the aggression of rabid fundamentalism. The vehemence of their opposition reflects the power of the design argument and the threat it poses to their world view. The cumulative evidence presented by Brother Burges in this book makes a compelling case for intelligent design which will bolster the faith of readers.

Accessible to Lay Readers

While making an excellent case for intelligent design in the natural world, this is much more than a science book. The author draws out spiritual lessons and exhortations that arise from considering various life forms and the scriptural references to them. Examples of this are the chapter on ants and the chapter on bird migration.

Brother David concludes his book with a well argued essay exposing the incompatibility of belief in theistic evolution with faith in the Bible as the inspired and inerrant word of God. He demonstrates that belief in theistic evolution effectively negates God’s plan of redemption as explained in Romans.

Without “dumbing down” the content, Brother Burges writes in a style accessible to lay readers with little technical knowledge in the scientific disciplines to which he refers. Wonders of Creation – The works of the Divine Designer is a book which will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is especially suitable for teenagers who, at school, may encounter concerted efforts to promote evolution and deny the work of God as Creator. For that reason, it would make an excellent Sunday School prize for older scholars.