Who Is Our Authority? The Reformed Church Looks Outward for Answers from Genesis

Answers and Genesis finds itself at the epicenter of an evangelical surge, but despite calls by Ken Ham for a modern reformation – including a return to taking the authority of the Bible seriously – it is possible that the calls for reformation are not to a serious exegesis of God’s Word but rather to a trite and superficial saccharine form of evangelicalism. It is a movement that claims to be true to God’s word while suffering the very problems that Luther and the other reformers were so worried about. Acknowledging biblical authority without understanding that authority will not result in true reformation. To make followers of Christ, the foundation must not be only a respect for Biblical authority but a right understanding of His Word.

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims began only 55 years ago, is the real deal this time.  Unlike previous attempts over the past 300 years to create a history of the Earth with a recent global flood as a centerpiece, this time his para-church apologetics […]

The State of Creationism in the Church Today: Reflections on ETS 2014, Part II

Evangelical Christianity, broadly defined, has seen a number of science and faith battles over the past 50 years.  For most of those years the debate has focused on the age of the earth and the closely – though not universally – associated debate about the extent of Noah’s Flood.  Today, the age of the Earth […]

John Calvin on the Ancients Ability to Divine Truth

I’ve been reading the book  God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity in Space, Time and History  by Harry Lee Poe and Jimmy H. Davis and in their introduction they used the following quote from John Calvin: If we reflect that the Spirit of God is the only fountain of truth, we will be careful, as […]

Reflections on the PCA GA and the Age of the Earth Seminar

The PCA (Presbyterian Church of America)  General Assembly includes a number of seminars on a wide variety of topics each year.   This year one talk received considerable attention prior to the meeting because of the subject matter and the presenter.  I made the 6 hour drive to Louisville, KY to hear the talk as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Perspicuity, Exegetical Populism, and Tolerance: A Reply to G. I. Williamson – Reformation21 Blog

Perspicuity, Exegetical Populism, and Tolerance: A Reply to G. I. Williamson – Reformation21 Blog.  by William B. Evans Double posting today only because I thought this short article was worth receiving more press.  Below is a small portion from this article linked above that discusses Christian liberty and the tolerance of different eschatological views withing […]

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 […]

The Reformed Church and YEC

What is a reformed church

I have now been following the current creation debate intensively for a decade.  During that time I have participated in hundreds of on-line discussions of the topic, have gathered a collection of more than 200 books on the topic and generated a library that includes over 50,000 pages of material including journal articles, copies of […]