[Fwd: Natural Theology, Unguided Processes and Apologetics]

George Andrews (andrewsg@letu.edu)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 09:17:41 -0500

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  --------------C9183AB5A3081BBE0CD87F97 Content-Type: message/rfc822 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Disposition: inline Message-ID: <341F0DC6.75FAAA6E@letu.edu> Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 17:52:55 -0500 From: George Andrews Organization: LeTourneau University X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.0 [en] (Win95; I) MIME-Version: 1.0 To: Pattle Pun Subject: Re: Natural Theology, Unguided Processes and Apologetics X-Priority: 3 (Normal) References: Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="------------D2699BE0B0B8FA2BD728C289" This is a multi-part message in MIME format. --------------D2699BE0B0B8FA2BD728C289 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Pattle Pun wrote: > 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 > Timaeus. What do you think of Speiser's translation of Gen. 1:1 found in The Anchor Bible where he translates the text: "When God set about to create heaven and earth - the world being then a formless waste, with darkness over the seas and only an awesome wind sweeping over the water - God said, 'Let there be light'?" Thus he claims Gen. 1:1 is a dependent clause with verse 2 being a parenthetic clause as is the structure of the Babylonian Creation Epic, or Enuma elish. He than states that "the present (his) interpretation precludes the view that the creation accounts in Genesis say nothing about coexistent matter." And finally, "...the biblical writers repeat the Babylonian formulation, perhaps without full awareness of the theological and philosophical implications." George --------------D2699BE0B0B8FA2BD728C289 Content-Type: text/x-vcard; charset=us-ascii; name="vcard.vcf" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Description: Card for Andrews Jr., George Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="vcard.vcf" begin: vcard fn: Andrews Jr., George n: Andrews Jr.;George org: LeTourneau University adr: Natural Sciences;;PO Box 7001;Longview;Texas;75607;USA email;internet: andrewsg@letu.edu title: Assistant Professor of Physics tel;work: 903 233 3281 tel;fax: 903 233 3282 x-mozilla-cpt: ;0 x-mozilla-html: TRUE end: vcard --------------D2699BE0B0B8FA2BD728C289-- --------------C9183AB5A3081BBE0CD87F97 Content-Type: text/x-vcard; charset=us-ascii; name="vcard.vcf" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Description: Card for Andrews Jr., George Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="vcard.vcf" begin: vcard fn: Andrews Jr., George n: Andrews Jr.;George org: LeTourneau University adr: Natural Sciences;;PO Box 7001;Longview;Texas;75607;USA email;internet: andrewsg@letu.edu title: Assistant Professor of Physics tel;work: 903 233 3281 tel;fax: 903 233 3282 x-mozilla-cpt: ;0 x-mozilla-html: TRUE end: vcard --------------C9183AB5A3081BBE0CD87F97--