Re: Natural Theology, Unguided Processes and Apologetics

Keith B Miller (
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 21:10:37 -0500 (CDT)

Pattle wrote:

>I looked up the word CREATE, "bara" in the concordance and it is used
>interchangeably with MADE, "asah" in many occasions. The latter seem to
>suggest forming something from preexisting matters. The creation work in
>Genesis was Creation ex nihilo, as elegantly pointed out by St. Augustine.
>God has concluded His creative activities of Genesis. (Gen. 2:1). What God
>is creating today is the NEW CREATION in Christ, (I Cor. 5:17). God
>is also upholding the universe with the Word of His power. (Hb. 1:3).
>These passages seem to indicate to me that biological lives we know of
>today are only variations or speciations from the original created types
>by microevolution with no macroevolutionary modications.

The word translated "create" in Psalm 104, Psalm 102 and Psalm 51 _is_
"bara." This is the same word used in Genesis 1:1,21,and 27. In
particular Psalm 104 refers to the ongoing creation of life, it does not
refer to our new creation.


Keith B. Miller
Department of Geology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506