CREATION AND EVOLUTION

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Author House, 2014 - 264 páginas
The first few chapters of Genesis, which give the biblical account of Creation, may well be the most underrated text in existence! It has been misunderstood by many - either read very naively as a simplistic description, or otherwise regarded as a bit of of the patchwork employed by a final redactor of the text. The vast majority of scientists regard it as infra dig. Ancient Hebrew thought patterns were quite different from our own. They were less interested in the process than in the origin -- the Creator in the Creation stories - and the result. Symbolism, exemplified in numbers and colors, were tremendously important. Central to all their thinking was the worship of the LORD God Almighty and the tabernacle, which was later replaced by the temple. All this has a bearing on our interpretation of Genesis. The best translation of Gen 1:2 is as follows: Gen 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water. (God's Word) The two terms, formless and empty, are the first key to understand what follows, namely a giving shape to that which had no form, and then filling the forms. The whole description speaks of a dynamic system, not a rigid structure cast in concrete. What transpires in the end is that there is no conflict between 'Creation' and 'Evolution', except that the naturalist's natural selection was actually divine selection, not a random process, but a directed development to reach a very specific goal. The Christian believer should take comfort in the fact that our Bible is in perfect harmony with the best up-to-date science. The scientist should take note that the biblical account had to be inspired by God to relate something of real meaning to us through an author who had no proper knowledge of the universe and no understanding of evolution.
 

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Jacques van Heerden (b. 1941 in Pretoria, South Africa) has a PhD in Zoology (based on a few Triassic dinosaurs from South Africa), ten years experience as a fulltime paleontologist and 33 years teaching experience at tertiary level. The latter included reviews of the evolution of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates and the specific adaptations of animals to their environment. For the last 15 years he has been doing research on pseudoscorpions, tiny (2-8 mm) relatives of spiders and scorpions. He is also a committed Christian. He lives with his wife, Elza, in Louis Trichardt (=Makhado) in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. They have three sons (one in Britian, one in the USA and one in Cape Town), of whom two are married, and four grandchildren.

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