Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In the beginning God separated the heavens and the earth?

A Dutch scholar thinks this is the true translation of Genesis 1:1, and that it will devastate traditional believers. This blogger says hold your horses.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob Prokop writing:

Utter nonsense. Even (and I don't) one throws Genesis 1:1 away, there are still uncountable other places in scripture that point to God as the creator. (John 1:3. "All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made." Job 38:4. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" Psalms 19:1. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament His handiwork.", etc., etc.) Why give this amateur hour stuff any attention at all?

Steven said...

I don't understand what the big deal is, even if God didn't create the earth. He still made all the stuff on it.

Gordon Knight said...

creation ex nihilo.

Is this a big deal?

For me it sort of is, since I think God's will is the source of contingent reality, and that this sort of agent caustion is the best explanation of why there is any contingent reality at all.

But if you don't have my philosophical views, it does not really matter.

Steven said...

For me it sort of is, since I think God's will is the source of contingent reality, and that this sort of agent caustion is the best explanation of why there is any contingent reality at all.

Well, I think I was a bit hasty in my first post. Suppose this is the proper interpretation of the opening verse of the bible. I am saying that this is not problematic at all. It doesn't follow at all that we shouldn't believe that God didn't create the world in the first place, for other scriptural reasons or for reasons philosophical (like adherence to a version of the PSR, let's say).