Gap creationism

Gap creationism (also known as Ruin-Restoration creationism, Restoration creationism, or the "Gap Theory"), is a form of Old Earth creationism that posits that the six day creation, as described in the Book of Genesis, is historically accurate and involved literal 24-hour days, but that there was a gap of time between two distinct creations in the first and the second verses of Genesis, explaining many scientific observations, including the age of the Earth. ["Evolution Vs. Creationism: An Introduction", Eugenie Scott, pp61-62] ["The Scientific Case Against Scientific Creationism", Jon P. Alston, p24] [ [http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/wic.html What is Creationism?] , Mark Isaak, TalkOrigins Archive] In this it differs from Day-Age creationism, which posits that the 'days' of creation were much longer periods (of thousands or millions of years), and from Young Earth creationism, which although it agrees concerning the six literal 24-hour days of creation, does not posit any gap of time.

History

Gap creationism became increasingly attractive near the end of the eighteenth century and first half of the nineteenth century, due to the advent of the science of geology making it increasingly obvious that Earth was far older than previous straightforward, literal interpretations of Genesis and the Bible-based Flood geology would allow. Its attraction was that it provided an alternative that allowed religious geologists (who comprised the majority of the geological community at the time) to simultaneously preserve their faith in the Bible and in the new authority of science (necessary as the doctrine of natural theology was in this period considered a second revelation, God's word in nature as well as in scripture, which could not contradict each other). is more accurately translated "became". Such a word choice makes the gap interpretation quite easier to see in modern English.Pink (2007)]

* God is perfect and everything he does is perfect, so a newly created earth from the hand of God shouldn't have been without form and void and shrouded in darkness. [http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/04122.htm "De Principiis", Book 4] (chapter 9) Origen, 3rd century.]

* The Holy Spirit was "renewing" the face of the earth as he hovered over the face of the waters. , .

ee also

* Creationism
* Dating Creation
* Day-Age Creationism
* Old Earth Creationism
* Answers in Genesis
* Answers in Creation

Notes

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