Re: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Wed Aug 31 2005 - 12:43:20 EDT

I have to admit that I cannot go along with these views expressed by Iain, Glenn and Peter, but I cannot get worked up about it. It is about 1- 3 on the Richter scale of disagreement - YEC is 9 or 10!!

I think it downplays the literary and theological nature of Genesis which is to express THAT God is Creator and puts it in a specific style. I see Gen One much more as a hymn to the Creator rather than anything else and could be compared more to G M Hopkins' wonderful poem God's Grandeur than God's blueprint. Iain's idea leaves me cold but it may be helpful to some.

To me it is trying to get some kind of scientific ratification from Genesis rather than seeing that its purpose was to convince the Hebrews that the one God is the only Creator to a pre-scientific culture.

To be gently controversial I can see why this appeals to some who have been YEC in the past. However I do think we are closer than may seem

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Bill Hamilton
  To: Glenn Morton ; 'Iain Strachan' ; 'Peter Ruest'
  Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 4:50 PM
  Subject: RE: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

  I have also been advocating this view for some time, and share your frustration. This view fits very well with the view that God commands and various agencies -- perhaps the earth itself (see Gen 1:11 and other similar verses in Gen 1) -- execute the commands. See also Psalm 19:1-4. God speaks, nature executes.

  Glenn Morton <> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Iain Strachan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 6:17 PM
> As a software engineer, I tend to see Gen 1 as a kind of
> requirements document for the functioning system. "Let there
> be" seems like a set of specifications. I might design a
> piece of software with many different components & specify in
> a design document that there shall be a module that displays
> a graph of the data on a screen. The point at which I
> actually "create" or write the software that does this, is
> not necessarily in the same order as the various components
> appear in the design document. So Gen 1: is perhaps a
> blueprint for a "very good" creation.

    I have been advocating this view point for about 10 years. It is sad that
    no one ever seems to hear of this view. See

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