Re: Geology, Fossils and Genesis

Dick Fischer (
Sat, 08 Jun 1996 08:57:36 -0500

Dave wrote:
>Dick, in your lengthy parallel of the Genesis narrative and the fossil record,
>you forgot to mention that in the second creation story, starting in Genesis
>2:5, Adam is created before all life. Find a parallel for that will ya? ;)

I would just add that bara is the word for create, bara is something only
God can do, and is not contained in the second chapter. Christ was "made" a
little lower than the angels. The word "create" as a synonym would be
inappropriate, I think, for this phrase in Psalms or for Genesis 2.

>I still maintain that the Genesis narrative and the fossil record - including
>that for the human origins - HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER.

That's a tack many have taken, and the last thing I want to do is shake
anyone's confidence in whatever apologetic method works for them if it would
cause any weakening of their faith. My only purpose is to strengthen faith in
Christ or at least point people in the direction of Christ by attempting to
remove what has been a considerable roadblock. I'm not saying that Genesis as
we read it today in English will correlate completely, but for those who choose
to believe that Genesis is an historical record, I would certainly like to have
them see that it isn't necessary to think the sun was created after grass.

>But I wouldn't be so rude as to suggest that you haven't read the Bible!

I seem to find myself in Lamentations a lot lately.

Dick Fischer
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