Science and Creation

Articles on creation, science and 6 literal days in Genesis 1-2

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The Debate Over 6-Day Creation: There is currently a debate occuring in several Reformed denominations over the proper way to interpret the days of Genesis 1. Are they 24-hour days? All of them? Can time intervene between the days? Are the days a literary structuring device to express an otherwise inexpressible reality? Are they broadly consecutive but intended more to portray God as a human worker who even “rests” at the end of the week? These questions and more are considered by the following articles from varying points of view. Most of the Reformers and Puritans, as well as the Reformed Confessions that many reformed denominations profess, were literal 6 day creationists. Grace Chapel confirms the Genesis 1-2 reading following the WCF and adheres to a literal 6 day creation.

 

The Westminster View of Creation Days: A Choice between Non-Ambiguity or Historical Revisionism by David Hall
Argues persuasively that the Westminster Divines did intend to communicate creation in 6, ordinary days. This article figured prominently at the 1998 PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) General Assembly.

The Great Concession of Faith – And the damage it has done! Why I still agree with the Westminster Standards teaching on creation! by G. I. Williamson (PDF)

The Creation Account by Scott Bushey

Creation by William Ames

Creationism or Traducianism by Francis Turretin

Calvin’s Doctrine of Creation by B.B. Warfield

Reformed Theology and Six Day Creation by Kenneth Gentry

In the Space of Six Days by Kenneth Gentry

Seven Reasons for a Six Day Creation by Robert L. Reymond

Creation by Herman Bavinck

Creation in Six Days by Louis Berkhof

The Days of Genesis Part 1 Edward J. Young (PDF)

The Days of Genesis Part 2 Edward J. Young (PDF)

The Doctrine of Creation According to the Reformed Creeds by Robert Decker

What did the Reformers think about the Age of the earth? by Joel Beeke

Literal, Six-Day Creation and the Local Church by Charles A. McIlhenny

Vos on the History and Interpretation of Genesis 1-2 by Nick Batzig

Six Reasons Reformed Christians Should Ebrace 6 Day Creation by Tim Challies

Six Literal Days of Creation by Dr. Terry Mortenson

Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods by Justin Taylor

Martin Luther on Evolution? by Paul Bartz

Commentary Links to Genesis at Reformed Books Online

Declaration of the Westminster Presbytery on Creation by a PCA Presbytery
This is a declaration by one Presbytery of the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America). Notice the assumptions they make: 1. If one holds to anything besides 144-hours of creation, he has “refused to uphold the truth of the historicity of the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2.” 2. The hermeneutics employed by those who interpret Gen. 1 as not requiring 144 hour creation is guiltily associated with hermeneutics which are used “to support such heresies as women’s ordination, homosexuality, and the denial of the historicity of great foundational truths of the Christian faith such as the virgin birth, the substitutionary atonement and the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 3. They hold that there is not even a credible case that can be made for opposing viewpoints. Are these assumptions good ones? This statement makes it impossible for one holding to anything but 144 hour creation from being ordained in Westminster Presbytery. Time will tell if this is legal, given the General Assembly’s appelate power and its ruling that this is not a grounds for rejecting an ordination.

An Open Letter to Our Brother Elders of Westminster Presbytery from the Potomac Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in America
This statement was written by a committee of the Potomac Presbytery of the PCA and was adopted on June 12, 1998. It is a response to the statement above from Westminster Presbytery. Potomac disagrees with Westminster’s position, and calls upon them to reconsider their stand which has the effect of saying that many of the great presbyterians of the past and present should be defrocked…

The Center for Scientific Creation Book
CSC is a non-profit organization located in Phoenix, Arizona, dedicated to origins research. The questions below and many others are answered in a new book by Dr. Brown entitled In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood.

Bryan Chapell’s Statement on Covenant Seminary’s Position Regarding the Length of Creation Days by Bryan Chapell
This is a statement from Bryan Chapell, the president of Covenant Theological Seminary, the PCA’s denominational seminary. Here he defends the seminary from charges that it has “sold out” or “gone liberal” because most of its professors do not hold to 24-hour creation days. Chapell does a good job showing that the seminary, from its very inception, has had liberty on this issue analogous to the liberty afforded PCA pastors on millennial views. Read it and see what you think…

Creation as Miracle by Ed Walsh
This was one response from an e-mail discussion thread that had perhaps 300+ posts. For some reason few interacted with this line of reasoning. Why was that? See what you think…

Beyond Creation vs. Evolution: Taking the Full Measure of the Materialist Challenge by T.M. Moore
The popular materialist-science apologetic of Sagan, Gould, and Hawking falls prey to its own demands.

Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation by J.P. Moreland, Reviewed by Doug Jones

Portrait of Confusion: Science, the Bible, and the Christian Academy by Michael W. Kelley

The Institute for Creation Science

Six Day Creation – is it worth the Battle? at the Puritanboard

 

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