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John Lennox on Creation of the Universe

What is even more telling, for me as a mathematician, is that Genesis 1 separates God’s creation and organization of the universe into six days, each of which begins with the phrase “And God said …” Now, doubtless this is language that predates modern scientific language, by definition. It would, however, be rather unwise to dismiss it as having nothing significant to say. For the very same emphasis on God speaking that we find in Genesis is also to be found at the beginning of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word … All things were made through him” (John 1:1,3). John informs us that the physical universe owes its existence to God, who is the Logos. The word logos conveys ideas of “word,” “command,” and “information.”[1]

[1] John C. Lennox, Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 141.

CAFNtoon: Creation-Evolution

William L. Craig Critique St. Augustine on the Creation of the Universe

“Why didn’t God make the world sooner? In the early fifth century AD, Augustine of Hippo answered that God did not make the universe at a point in time, but “simultaneously with time.” That is, he believed God had created space and time together. Modern cosmologists have come to agree that he was right about space and time, and therefore it is meaningless to ask why the big bang didn’t happen earlier than it did.”[1]

[1] William Lane Craig, On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2010), p. 90.

Journal Review: Romans 8:18-25-The Hope of Creation

Romans 8:18-25 – The Hope of Creation J. Mark Lawson

Lynn White, Jr. and Jerry Mander in their respective articles have put the blame of the ecological crisis on God’s command in Genesis 1:28 that people “have dominion” over other forms of life and are to “subdue” the earth. Author J. Mark Lawson has observed that ecologists like Mander and White, “dismiss Christian faith, not because of the hypocrisy of its members, but on the grounds that it is intrinsically exploitative” (Lawson, 559).  The ecologists also have cited a restored French fort located out of Syracuse, New York that has an ancient French Bible opened to Genesis 1:28, which quotes “have dominion.” Essentially, the quote on the caption is meant to be a philosophical basis for the colonial attack on Native American cultures.  The author agrees that the command in the Genesis creation story has been bitterly misused in the past to “justify economic upheavals, destruction of native cultures, and abuse of the land” (Lawson, 559). Nonetheless, Lawson argues that the Jewish-Christians scriptures are not intrinsically exploitative like the above ecologists have understood them to be. Thus, the author’s purpose is apologetic in that he provides the interpretation of “dominion” that “precludes exploitation” (Lawson, 559). Romans 8:18-25 is the passage Lawson exegetes to shed light on God’s righteous purpose in giving people dominion over the earth, how man’s sinful nature has perverted creation, and all these in hope of restoration. Continue reading Journal Review: Romans 8:18-25-The Hope of Creation