Is Creationism Scientific?
<em>Apologetic creationists make the claim that the order and timing of the events described in Genesis are scientifically accurate, and thus could only be the result of divine knowledge (notwithstanding the fact that a proper argument requires at least two premises and a conclusion to be valid).
Are the apologetic creationists right? Is Genesis accurate in the order and timing of the events it describes in the creation accounts? Is Genesis a historical narrative that accurately describes the appearence of life?
Even a cursory examination shows it is not.
To see how so, let's go through the creation accounts verse by verse.......</em>
No matter the nature of the proposition, if it is explicitly posed as a truth statement, then what it necessarily infers and implies must and should be true as well. If not, then there's something amiss with the explicitly posed.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth".
What!? No Sun?
There are some questions about this translation. The original Hebrew word usually translated as "God" is "Elohim", which is actually a plural form. Literally, this verse reads, "in the beginning, the Gods created the heavens and the earth."
This is one of several places in the Bible where God is referred to in the plural.
Biblical scholars conclude that these fragments are left over from an early part of Hebrew history when the Jewish religion was, like every other religion on earth at the time, polytheistic, with more than one god.
During this time, the god Yahweh was a storm god; a lesser god, one of many others. (There is also some dispute about the words. An alternate translation has this verse as "When god began to create the heavens and the earth".)
Gen. 1:1 implies that "the heavens and the earth" were created, more or less, at the same time.
Scientifically, we know that "the heavens", that is, space, appeared billions of years before the earth ever appeared.
What about the not yet created Sun? The sun is at least a "third generation" star, which formed from condensed gas clouds made up of remnants of at least two supernovae from previous stars.
To be continued
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