America’s Views on Evolution and Creation – poll results

The following image comes courtesy of Biologos.org which has created the easy to visualize summary of some of the most recent polling data regarding American’s views of the origin of man.  The questions posed by several national polling specialists are rather simple and many people clearly do not fit so easily into the boxes that […]

The “Good Creation” – Mimicry, Design, and the Young Earth Creationists Dilemma

Can you find the gecko in the picture to the right?  Yeah, it is that brown leaf-like things toward the top of the image.    I saw this image being used as the profile image for the facebook page “we  CAN and we WILL find 1,000,000 Creationists.”     The suggestion of course is that such an amazing […]

State of the Origins Debate – Part III: Recent Genesis Books

One way of looking at the origins debate is by looking at the publishing scene.   I have observed elsewhere that the last 20 years have seen more books published on the topic than the prior 100 years combined.    The creation science movement has pumped out an astounding number of books and seminary professors […]

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 View: The Garden of Eden and the Relationship of Genesis 1 and 2

What is the relationship of Genesis 1 and 2?  Where was the Garden of Eden and what does Genesis 1 tell us about Eden? Continuing our series on the Historical Creation view of John Sailhamer proposed in Genesis Unbound (1997 and 2011) we ask about the nature of the Garden of Eden.  The relationship of […]

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 Creationism Part III: An Overview

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

John Sailhamer calls his interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2 Historical Creationism. He distinguishes it from the Scientific Creationism which he sees as starting with the assumption that “modern science holds the answer to the meaning of the biblical text.”    A:  Overview A brief summary of the Historical Creationism thesis of John Sailhmer is […]

Historical Creation View of Sailhamer – Part 2: The Issues

The questions we are faced when we seek to interpret Genesis 1 and 2. Before diving into Sailhamer’s book, Genesis Unbound we need to lay out a list of some questions concerning the meaning of Genesis 1 and 2 that any consistent interpretation of this text must be address.  This is far from a comprehensive […]

Genesis Unbound: The Historical Creation View of John Sailhamer, 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 had a small printing and was out […]

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.    […]