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Volume 4, Number 2
Examining The Cosmogonies - A Historical Review
George Mulfinger, Ph.D.
Astronomy now involves an
unbelievable amount of guesswork. It is profitable for the Christian
man of science to have a clear understanding of how much in this real
is truly solid ground, and how much in this realm is truly solid ground,
and how much is simply overzealous speculation.
Theories of the origin of
the universe have a surprisingly short life expectancy. Each idea has
lasted long enough to be attractive to a wide range of people living
in a particular age. It is soon overthrown as a result of its own scientific
absurdities and replaced by something "better."
Let him who scoffs at the
Genesis record state specifically which hypothesis he would put in its
place. Then let him attempt to resolve the inuserpable difficulties
inherent in that hypothesis and defend it against the onslaughts of
future experimental findings.
The Creation Of The Heavens
And The Earth
John C. Whitcomb, Jr.,
Sound Biblical basis is
provided for belief in ex nihilo creation, and statements are made as
to why evangelical Christians need not consider that this view is philosophically
"unhealthy," or that it makes God a deceiver.
Following discussions of
creation of the heavens and creation of the earth in separate sections,
the author states his position regarding an extensive time interval
between the first two verses of Genesis.
The author holds that the
Genesis view that the earth was created before the sun, moon, and stars
is in serious conflict with the total evolutionary theory. He presents
nine explicit reasons why the current astronomical idea that the earth
came from the sun or from a proto-sun is not true. He closes with a
section on the importance of stellar creation in God's eternal purposes.
Does Genesis 1:1-3 Teach
A Creation Out Of Nothing?
Robert L. Reymond, Ph.D.
Attention is drawn to two
recently published and widely acclaimed modern translations of the first
book of the Bible. After mention of two reasons for the traditional
translations of Genesis 1:1-3, two reasons (cultural and grammatical)
are given for sweeping alterations in the traditional expressions.
Careful examination of each
clause found in the verses under discussion is presented with clear
references made to rules normally followed in Hebrew syntax.
The author meets objections
of gap theorists which he anticipates as consequential to discourse
on the meaning of verse one and verse two and the relationship of each
to verse three. He concludes in the affirmative that these opening verses
of Genesis do teach a creation out of nothing.
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