State of the Origins Debate – Part II: The Response to Walton’s “Lost World”

Returning to John Walton and his recent contributions to the Genesis debate:    Previously I mentioned that I had picked up Walton’s book “The Lost World of Genesis One” again.  I also have read his more recent book which is a more academic follow-up to that book entitled “Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology.”   There have […]

The Current State of Creationism in the Reformed Church – Part I

After a mental break on the issues revolving around reading Genesis 1-11 for about year the topic moved back to the front of my mind again about six months ago as I prepared to get back to a couple of larger writing projects that will focus on the age of the earth.   As a way […]

Historical Creation of Sailhamer – Part 6: Relationship of Genesis 1 and 2

What about the links between Genesis 1 and 2?  Where was the Garden of Eden and how is it related to Genesis 1? Brief summary:  Sailhamer argues that we should read Genesis 1 in terms of its connections to Genesis 2. By reading these together we can identify the “land” in Genesis 1 as the […]

John Walton, Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology: Review at Theological Sushi blog

I am working my way through John Walton’s Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology and really enjoying it.  I would say that if you are already familiar with his writing this book may leave you wishing for more as I was hoping for a greater expansion of his ideas outlined in The Lost World of Genesis […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 5

PART 5:   GENESIS 1 WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE PENTATEUCH AND COVENANTS Summary:  Genesis 1 is all about the covenant with God’s people and the land he promised them. In the future I will be presenting the views of a number of natural historians/theologians and pastors from the late 17th and early 18th century […]

Historical Creation View – Part 4: The Meaning of Formless and Void

I can’t go into all the issues that Sailhamer interacts with but I will try to hit some of the ones that are most important in distinguishing his ideas from some others.  Most of these will be explored in separate posts over the next few weeks. 1)      What is the meaning of the phrase “tohu […]

New Walton Book Released: Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology

John Walton’s follow-up book to The Lost World of Genesis 1 is finally out.    I have ordered my copy and will be providing a review and excerpts in the near future.    This book was promised two years ago and many people, including myself, have been waiting for what has been pitched as the scholarly update […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 3. Summary

Genesis Unbound (2nd ed) by Sailhamer (2011)

Just the name will probably offend a few but this is what Sailhamer calls it and I like the name as well and think it is appropriate.  I might also call it a Biblical Creation view.  I usually refer to typical 6 day creationism as Classical Creationism. A:  Overview Ok, on with a brief overview […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 2: The Issues

The challenges faced when confronting Genesis 1 and 2. Before diving into Sailhamer’s book, Genesis Unbound we need to lay out a list of some questions concerning the interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 that any consistent interpretation of this text must be address.  This is only a short list of the most common questions […]

The Historical Creation View of Sailhamer in “Genesis Unbound” Part 1

Genesis Unbound Sailhamer

HISTORICAL CREATIONISM:  A summary of the interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 by John Sailhamer as presented in “Genesis Unbound: A provocative new look at the creation account” (1997). What follows is a fairly lengthy introduction and overview of John Sailhamer’s book “Genesis Unbound” (1997).  The first edition seems have had a limited printing and […]

Thoughts on John Walton’s “The Lost World of Genesis One”

The Lost World of Genesis One

There have been a number of commentaries on Genesis 1 and 2 by conservative evangelical scholars.  Many of these can be found in my literature review (Modern Creation Debate Books).  In the case of John C. Collins, John Sailhamer and John Walton, all three see their views as representing the literal reading of Genesis 1.    […]