Volume 4, Number 2
Examining The Cosmogonies - A Historical Review
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
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?
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.