Waltke on the Genesis Creation Account

waltke.jpgFrom An Old Testament Theology (highly recommended!):

“Since the biblical narrative does not describe the process of creation from a scientific viewpoint, the origin of species by evolutionary processes cannot be ruled out automatically, but evolutionism’s worldview that only matter exists and that it is ruled by chance must be rejected as unreasonable and, more important, as antithetical to the biblical worldview. The replacement of biblical theism with materialistic evolutionism lays the foundation for trade in aborted body parts, genocide, and eugenic engineering. The resulting ethical consequences of the biblical versus modern worldviews cannot be overemphasized… .

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of Charles Darwin, the scientific debates between evolutionists and creationists have thoroughly obscured the real message of the creation narrative. Instead of metaphysical questions that shape culture, questions about dinosaurs, a young earth theory, and such dominate the evangelical landscape. This is unfortunate. The creation account presents God transforming chaos into cosmos by his word. The account assumes that God is an aseity (Latin a “from” and se “self”). Unlike his creation, which, though independent from him, depends on him for its original and sustained existence, God’s existence is from himself—HE IS. Therefore, no account of his origin is possible.

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3 thoughts on “Waltke on the Genesis Creation Account”

  1. I love this stuff. I’m in the middle of “The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings” by Henry M. Morris. Its fantastic and I’d highly recommend for anyone who likes to dig deep into this subject.

    PS – I think its out of print though – I had to get mine online.

  2. This is a great excerpt. Though I would agree that the biblical narrative does not describe creation from a scientific standpoint, and may use a lot of figurative language to describe the account, it does seem to me that the biblical narrative does speak to some of the evolutionary issues. For instance, I’m not sure how one could hold to a macro-evolutionary view and still believe God made plants that bear seed after their “own kind.” I’m not at all arguing for a particular view, but I do think the Bible has something historical (scientific?) to say about how creation took place. Waltke seems to be saying the Bible has nothing to add to scientific theory other than theism. Is that right?

  3. I think I’ll side with Kyle and somewhat against Waltke. If, as Believers, we are encouraged to dig deep into texts like Romans and Ephesians and Hebrews and extract meaning that may not be plain on first pass, how is Genesis 1-2 excluded from that practice? I think we can dig into the Creation account and learn about the nature of God and about God’s nature.

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