The Book Of Genesis
"The Creationist View"

Clarence B. Mason, Jr., Th.M., D.D., Philadelphia College of Bible
 

The Unified Creationist View
Part One: Three Meanings of the term "Creation"

EX NIHILO creation -- The bringing into being of that which did not (either in its substance or its form) previously exist.

IMMEDIATE creation -- The bringing into being of that which did not (in its form) previously exist, employing previously-existing substance but not secondary causes.

MEDIATE creation -- The bringing into being of that which did not (in its form) previously exist, employing both previously-existing substance and secondary causes.


Part Two: A Proposed Structuring of the Creative Elements of Genesis 1-2

Creative Period Creation Day Creative Event Reference
1st Pre-1 (1) EX NIHILO creation of primal matter-energy 1:1
    (2) MEDIATE creation of the structured universe 1:1
    (3) MEDIATE creation of our Milky Way Galaxy 1:1
2nd Day-1 (4) MEDIATE creation of our solar system (thus light, and thus day, and night) 1:2-5
3rd Day-2 (5) MEDIATE creation of earth's atmosphere, and the subsequent separation of water above the surface of earth from water covering earth's surface 1:6-8
4th Day-3 (6) MEDIATE creation of dry land, by the structuring of earth's surface into lands and seas 1:9-10
    (7) IMMEDIATE creation of land plants begins 1:11-13
5th Day-4 (8) MEDIATE creation 1:14-19
6th Day-5 (9) IMMEDIATE creation of aquatic animals and of birds begins 1:20-23
7th Day-6 (10) IMMEDIATE Creation of terrestrial animals begins 1:24-25
    (11) IMMEDIATE Creation of The Garden Of Eden 2:8
    (12) EX NIHILO Creation of Man's soul 1:26-27
    (13) IMMEDIATE Creation of Man's body 2:7
    (14) Cessation of IMMEDIATE creation; MEDIATE creation continues to the present 2:1-3


 

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