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Exploring Creation with Biology [Hardcover]

Jay L. Wile , Marilyn F. Durnell


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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rebuttal Feb. 6 2012
By Bridget B. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I see a lot of negative re
views about how unprepared a student will be for college level science by using this text. I have a son who is a very "non-science" type person. He read this book cover to cover and then was able to "clep" out of 8 hours of college level Biology courses at a secular college. He did not use anything else to help him prepare for the CLEP other than this book. So, it must have enough factual information in it to give the student a well-rounded understanding of Biology.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great College Preparation Oct. 9 2009
By Lee Binz - Published on Amazon.com
Apologia is a very rigorous college prep series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook. When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the curriculum we used, that I really do recommend it - even to my clients that are not Christian.

I know it for a fact that Apologia is a great college preparation because Alex (my non-scientist son) was able to pass a CLEP in Biology 3 years after taking Apologia Biology at home. He earned a 4.0 in Engineering Physics in college after taking Apologia Physics. Remember, he is NOT my science major. I made him take that engineering physics at community college with his brother, because he was too young to take a class by himself. So he learned well from the books even though he didn't "love" science. Apologia is GREAT stuff.

I know for a fact that Apologia is great college preparation because my son Kevin is an electrical engineering major in college. He still refers to his Apologia Physics book now and then. He used Apologia Chemistry over the summer, to review for a class he was taking. He has reviewed his physics book frequently. It's been one of my "best buys" for curriculum, because they have literally used them for 5 years. Kevin has a fabulous GPA in engineering, and I believe it is in part because he was so well prepared with Apologia Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

If you want to make Apologia even MORE rigorous, it is possible. You can go through a book in a semester instead of a year, and make it an AP course if you want, but it's not necessary at all, just an option. I have heard of some "college prep" AP classes that actually take a child 5 hours a day to complete. That would be so frustrating to spend 5 hours a day on one class! One mother was letting core subjects in reading, writing and math slide, just so her child could get an AP Chemistry credit. That's a lot of work for not a lot of benefit. It's easier to keep your subjects at the level of your children when they do it at home with a homeschool curriculum.

Apologia is a self-teaching homeschool curriculum, so kids can learn it on their own, and moms don't have to know what they are doing in order to be successful. That's a big deal, because I didn't have a clue about physics, and barely was able to keep up with the chemistry.

Yes, absolutely Apologia is college prep. It's not perfect, because no curriculum is perfect. All textbooks have typos- ALL of them - and I'm sure someone could find a flaw in these books like you can find a flaw in every book. Still it's great preparation, and I recommend it even for my clients that aren't Christian.

Blessings,
Lee Binz, The HomeScholar
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for non-Christians Aug. 24 2012
By Destination Freedom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was specifically written for Christian homeschooling. If you are an atheist you will not like it. The labs are excellent but to get the full value from them you will need to purchase a microscope, a slide kit, and a dissection kit.

I have a biology degree and have found no factual errors in this text. However if you do not believe in creationism you will find plenty to complain about. This book will prepare your high school student for college level classes. I highly recommend the entire Apologia curriculum.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Using it for school Aug. 20 2013
By 2girls4mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter, who is a sophomore, is using this book in her upcoming Biology and lab class. Several teachers have recommended it. In addition, I know several kids who have taken this course and then did very well on the SAT subject matter tests.
20 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian Student's Opinion May 17 2012
By StoryMaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My family has been using Apologia science texts for years. I have always been impressed by the ability of the authors to explain complex scientific facts in a very understandable and enjoyable way - not to mention, from a solid, biblical, Christian standpoint. I must say that this one has been one of my favorites so far - which is probably mostly just because of personal preference (I LOVE biology, especially the learning-about-animals-and-other-creatures department). Nonetheless, I feel like I gleaned a tremendous amount of knowledge from this book.

Now, to discuss this book further in a few different areas:

Content: 9/10
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This book thoroughly discussed a great deal of biological topics. The book basically discusses the following things:
Overviewing a few important biology basics (Module 1)
Devoting a module each to Kingdoms Monera, Protista, and Fungi (Modules 2-4)
The nitty-gritty of biological chemistry and cellular structures (Modules 5-6)
The nature and specifics of reproduction, including discussion of DNA, Mendelian genetics, and how evolution is partially true (microevolution) and partially unconfirmed and inaccurate (macroevolution) (Modules 7-9)
Ecology (Module 10)
In-depth discussion of animals (Modules 11-13 & 16)
In-depth discussion of plants (Modules 14-15)
As you can probably tell, this book discusses biology rather thoroughly. Students will leave the text knowing a lot about life - both the fundamentals of it and specific creatures - and overall being equipped with a great understanding of biology that I assume would be good preparation for college.

There are a few specific points to make about the content of this book. First off, I would like to give Apologia a big THANK YOU for their honest discussion of vaccines. I know there are some in the conservative Christian community that think that vaccines are bad or cause some sort of brain damage...but frankly, there is no biblical OR scientific basis for such a proposition, as this book clearly shows.

Also worthy of reviewing is this book's discussion of Charles Darwin in Module 9. First off, Dr. Wile ought to be commended for his debunking of the whole "Darwin-recanted-on-his-deathbed" myth. We'd all love to believe it's true, but there's no reason to think it is, as Wile clearly shows.
The section on Darwin makes some claims that some might see as a bit dubious. For example, it claims that Darwin was a "devout Christian" at one point; which, to a Calvinist like me, doesn't seem so true. It also claims that Darwin did "everything right" in terms of science and that he "was a careful, dedicated scientist"; which may or may not be true; I haven't researched much on the subject.
Overall, though, I think the section on Darwin was a good introduction on the man; perhaps best yet, the author shows from the man's life the harm that can come from putting one's faith in science and not the Bible - a lesson that many a man needs to learn today.

Overall, I think the content of this book was very good and informative. The book also includes On Your Own questions interspersed throughout the text, Study Guides, the occasional experiment (though not as many as previous books), and instructions for a few dissections.

Worldview: 10/10
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The course is taught from the standpoint of Christian young earth creationism. Everything is interpreted from a biblical lens, which I deeply appreciated, and the text doesn't just say what the author believes, but why he believes it - which is, in my opinion, VERY valuable and important.

Understandability: 10/10
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I must admit that part of my rating on understandability comes from the fact that I just understand biology better than some other subjects (including subjects within science). But overall, it's hard to deny that this book does a great job at explaining things so as to make them easily comprehensible. It did a VERY good job at explaining things. I only rarely got confused at all (mostly about chemistry and stuff, which isn't my strong suit anyway), and at that, the confusion was minor and mostly cleared up fast! Overall, a brilliant job!

Enjoyability: 10/10
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I enjoyed this text almost as much as one can enjoy a textbook. Of course, as I have repeatedly stated, biology is something of a strong suit of mine and one of my very favorite subjects. Nonetheless, I think this text did an especially excellent job at being enjoyable. It made biology seem interesting in part because of all the credit it gave to the Creator of the universe, making creation seem beautiful and glorifying to God instead of just some mechanical processes you had to learn. Overall, this course was very fascinating and immensely enjoyable.

Overall: 10/10
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What more can I say, other than I love biology and that this text did an excellent job teaching it - and bringing glory to God in the process?

Signed, StoryMaker. "Gotta trust the kid's review!"

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