Re: [asa] Question from one of my students

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <>
Date: Sat Sep 30 2006 - 00:01:41 EDT

Among other things, I would suggest looking at Augustine's interpretation
of the first chapter of Genesis. He noted that the first three days
cannot be 24-hour days because the markers were not made till the fourth
day. This beats the attempt to interpret the qal as past tense everyplace
but in the fourth day, when it becomes past perfect. Note also that
Augustine understood the universe to have been created instantaneously.

I love his approach to those who try to contravene common sense knowledge
(because he was prescientific, we can apply his dictum to scientific
discovery) from their interpretation of scripture, though he did make a
serious mistake himself in declaring that there could not be antipodeans.

Trees producing fruit with seeds (third day) did not antedate fish (fifth
day), nor did birds and fish appear on earth simultaneously. Birds and
mammals, rather, developed about the same time. Also consider Paul
Seely's masterful discussion of the meanings of the Hebrew terms and
their connection to ancient cosmogony.

On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:18:54 -0500 "James Mahaffy" <>
> Folks,
> My paleontology students were asked to read Ted Davis article on
> concordism and Bethany, one of my students had a question. I
> suggested
> she give it to me and I would post it to the ASA list. I will blind
> copy
> this to her and the class so their e-mails won't be out there in a
> public web archive. Paleo class you can see any responses by
> looking
> at the archives of the ASA list at url:
> Bethany has not read as much as some of you have but she is asking
> a
> serious question so I will post it and see if you have any response
> Ted Davis, in his article on historical views of the origins of the
> earth, especially in regards to Christian concordism, cites Francis
> Bacon writing about Scripture and Creation, and warning that people
> be
> careful to "not unwisely mingle or confound these learnings
> together."
> I wonder if anyone on the ASA list has an opinion on "wisely"
> mingling
> the teachings of Scripture and Creation. Is there a way to discuss
> God's Creation in a way that is scientifically sound and also
> Scripturally sound?
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