Connecting the Creation Dots in the Larger Biblical Story

This is video from a class I taught back in June. Someone recently asked for more discussion on the 24 hours days of creation. If you zoom out a bit in order to read Genesis in its context and through its intended purpose and genre these things become consistent with an older earth approach to creation. This is a conservative approach to an old earth conclusion. The audio is a little low. I have since purchased a mic so we won’t have that issue again. Thanks for watching!

3 Responses to Connecting the Creation Dots in the Larger Biblical Story

  1. Jim Campbell says:

    Sorry Matt, I’ll have to leave it till later in the week, as I have barely enough online bandwidth for what I’m working on, and streaming videos clobbers my budget. However, just because I was worried that Young Earth Creationists had gone over the score in attributing 24hr Creation days to God, does not mean that I advocate ’embracing’ your local palaeontologist! I think there are some deep issues here that are maybe a consequence of the Early Church’s adoption of a Greek outlook on the universe in contra-distinction to the Akkadian cosmology of the Bible (Old and New Testaments). At that point, they lost touch with the multi-leveled heavens and earth Creation that Jesus and the Disciples refer to. Until our world-view reconnects with that I think we need to be really careful of what we accept as immutable reality. (Given 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12, re dinosaurs and mesosaurs maybe remarking, as some in the Dallas ICR have done, “Granny, what big teeth you have!” might not be such a bad question.)

  2. Jim Campbell says:

    So that there is no confusion, I mean by Akkadian cosmology, the system of the heavens an the earth that underlies that described in the 2nd century BC Book of Enoch, once you have seen your way thru the domicile metaphors used to explain their simple observer statements. There is good reason to believe that Peter and the Lord’s brother Jude made use of the book in their Letters. And there a couple of unique descriptions in the book that make me think that the author had access to knowledge only recently discovered by some of our biggest telescopes. So where did it come from? The Watchers?

    • Matt Dabbs says:

      Peter and Jude undoubtedly reference Enoch. That means Enoch contains some truth but it not necessarily entirely true just as Paul can reference pagan poets in Acts 17 without meaning everything they wrote was also true.

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