For years, John Nixon contemplated writing about the book of Genesis, but the demands of working as a full time pastor kept him from making much progress. When he joined Southern’s School of Religion in 2010 as a faculty member, Nixon was finally able to set aside dedicated time for writing about the topic that had fascinated him for so long. The results are Redemption in Genesis: The Crossroads of Faith and Reason, a new book released by Pacific Press in January.
“Every important topic in the Bible can be found in Genesis in seedling form,” Nixon said. “Some of the topics exposed there are really important for the church in the last days. I have always found it to be a fascinating book.”
In Redemption in Genesis, Nixon searches for Jesus in the beginning of the Bible and brings new lessons to familiar stories. He also proposes that faith and reason work together—rather than opposing each other—to lead us to a deeper understanding of the truth.
Scott Cady, acquisition editor for Pacific Press, heard of Nixon’s ministry and approached him about the possibility of publishing. Cady said that Redemption in Genesis offers a fresh perspective on Bible truths and has the potential to help people grow spiritually while developing a deeper appreciation for the Bible.
“I think that often times, people don’t have a picture of Jesus being present in the Old Testament, particularly in Genesis,” he said. “I think John does a nice job of identifying the metaphors and symbols in Genesis that point to Jesus Christ. It’s something that’s there, and he was able to highlight that perspective in a very engaging way.”
Nixon uses Redemption in Genesis as a textbook in "Christian Beliefs," a class he teaches. He hopes that after reading it, students come away with a sense of clarity over issues that may have puzzled them before. Kevin Reynolds, a junior accounting major, is currently taking this class and said the book gives a view about Bible stories different from many that are commonly heard.
“It’s easy to understand Nixon’s message, regardless of how far along you are in your faith journey,” Kevin said.