Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation (Holman Quicksource Guides)
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The Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation surveys every major issue relating to the theology and science of creation. This includes proofs that the universe was created and designed by God, a discussion of the compatibility of Genesis with major theories in modern science, a survey of evangelical opinion regarding the age of Earth and the nature of Noah’s flood, and an analysis of ancient non-biblical creation myths. Highly trained scientists and authors Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts are uniquely qualified to report these findings that are in line with their Christian faith. The book also includes fascinating and helpful photographs and charts.
second key point in Genesis 1:1 is that the universe was not formed from preexisting matter or energy. Instead, it was created from nothing. Like the first point above, this teaching decisively distinguishes Genesis from all other ancient cosmogonies and points toward its divine inspiration. Creation myths of ancient times told of gods who fashioned the world from eternal matter. Creation ex nihilo (Latin for “out of nothing”) was completely foreign to the science and philosophy Moses learned in
to the mass and gravitational attraction of the sun. Hence we are left with one of two options for the source of light on Days One, Two and Three: Illustration: NASA/JPL. 1. Light emanated from a temporary source for the first three days. This implies that either the temporary source had the same mass, chemical composition, and thermonuclear processes as our sun, or that the laws of physics were different on the first three days (which is an argument from silence and so relies on
of creation, Day Seven breaks from the ranks. There is neither command nor closure on this day. Now that God has breathed life into His image bearer, He ceases creating new life on Earth. Key Text “So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day, God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation” (Gen.
elevated landscape, whether high hills or Mount Everest. Furthermore, since the text does not specify exactly what it was that covered the mountains, The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament suggests that it may have been storm clouds rather than water that spread over the highest peaks.1 And as we saw above, “under the whole sky” often refers merely to a local patch of sky. Hence, from a language standpoint it is possible that Genesis only means to say there was enough water to thoroughly
striking parallelism is clear evidence that Moses used a literary device to arrange his account topically, not chronologically. Genesis says God made the sky on Day Two, and birds on Day Five. Hence, Day Five represents the filling of the domains created on Day Two. Critique: As with the Fiat Days view, literary structure alone is not sufficient to establish once for all that the days were nonsequential. This view risks presenting the Genesis account as non-historical. The Framework