Creation Archive

Can Aliens Account for the Origin of Life?

While panspermia is dispensed in different varieties, the basic notion is that life came to earth via aliens (directed) or meteorites (undirected). No less an authority than Darwinist Richard Dawkins considers the notion “an intriguing possibility.” In reality, panspermia—literally, “seeds everywhere”—does little to solve the naturalistic conundrum concerning the origin of life. First, while Dawkins […]

Could Carnivores and Catastrophes Have Existed Prior to the Fall*?

The sharpest point of contention between young- and old-earth creationists is death before Adam. Young-earth creationists* maintain that all death—including animal death—is a function of the fall. Old-earth creationists* believe that carnivorous creatures and natural catastrophes existed prior to the sin of Adam as part and parcel of God’s “very good” creation. Perhaps this rift […]

What About Progressive Creationism?

Progressive creationists*, like their young-earth counterparts, face significant challenges from both science and Scripture. First, the quest to find maximal harmony between science and Scripture has led to forced interpretations of both. On the one hand, Scripture is harmonized with science through the contention that the sun and stars were created prior to Day 1—but […]

Are There Gaps in the Genealogies of Genesis?

According to the famed chronology of Bishop James Ussher, the creation of Adam can be dated to precisely 4004 BC based on Old Testament genealogies such as those provided by Moses in Genesis 5 and 11. Thus, we can be certain that the universe is six thousand years old. Or can we? First, in comparing […]

Did God Create His Handiwork with the Appearance of Age?

It is frequently argued that God created the universe and all it entails with the appearance of age. Does this notion correspond to the reality of Scripture and science? First, we should note that the Bible doesn’t answer the age question. Some creationists suggest that God created Adam with the appearance of age. In reality, […]

What Are Essential Elements of the Two Creation Accounts?

While Bible-believing Christians may disagree on how to interpret Genesis 1 and 2, they all hold to the following three essentials. First, they believe the Bible, including Genesis, to be the infallible repository of redemptive revelation. They may differ on interpretation but never on inspiration. Furthermore, they are committed to the truth that God created […]

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

A growing number of Christian thinkers say no. Francis Collins, theistic evolutionist and founder of the BioLogos Foundation and tapped by President Obama to be Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is among them. In his view, science dictates that modern humans emerged from primates a hundred thousand years ago in a population […]

What About the Gap Theory?

The Gap theory—or Ruin/Reconstruction theory—arose with the dawn of modern science as an attempt to reconcile the geological age of the cosmos with the Genesis account of creation. Traceable to nineteenth-century Scottish theologian Thomas Chalmers and the twentieth-century Scofield Reference Bible, the Gap theory suggests there was a vast geological age of ruin between the […]

Why Is Creation ex Nihilo Theologically Significant?

Although creation ex nihilo has been compromised, confused, and contradicted, nothing could be more certain, correct, or theologically significant. Why? Because the doctrine of creation out of nothing (ex nihilo) implies God’s necessary existence, underscores his divine freedom, and exhibits his divine omnipotence. First, creation out of nothing bolsters the notion of God’s necessary existence […]

What Is the Genius of Genesis?

To say that Genesis is a literary masterpiece is to understate its elegance. With inspired brilliance, Moses interlaced a historical narrative with both symbolism and repetitive poetic structure, and he employed the powerful elements of story (characters, plot, tension, resolution) to set the foundation for the rest of redemptive revelation. The very chapter that references […]