Re: Natural Theology, Unguided Processes and Apologetics

Pattle Pun (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:55:29 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 15 Sep 1997, Murphy wrote:

> Pattle Pun 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.
> The creation of life in Gen.1 is _mediated_ - "Let the waters
> bring forth swarms of living creatures..." (v.20), & in the next verse
> this is described with the verb _bara_.

Creation ex nihilo is based on the independent sentence, as agreed upon by
most conservative Hebrew scholars of Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God
created heavens and earth", not from preexisting matters as Plato's

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