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Though the issue of a literal six-day creation might seem insignificant in the view of the entire corpus of scripture or minuscule in light of current rampant theological confusion we must realize that this issue is not a small one However as we read through the scriptures we must understand that the way we interpret the first chapter of Genesis is indicative of how we interpret the rest of sacred canon The significance is found in the question does the text mean what it says Conversely do we need the aid of extra-biblical materials to enhance our understanding of the text Yet there is even a more fundamental issue can I trust the text This text then becomes a slippery slope of which data is more reliable that of modern science or that of sacred scripture Which view is more reliableAs far as reliability goes it is important to realize that the first chapter of Genesis offers us an account of the beginning of the universe time matter animals humans and morality However in modern evolutionary theories they do not have a coherent or comprehensive view of the beginning In fact Richard Dawkins in his debate with Dr John Lennox repeatedly said We are still looking for another Darwin We are looking for someone to come and explain the origins of the universe When asked Could the Bible offer up an explanation Dawkins simply replied it cannot It became quite evident that evolutionary thought cannot offer up the answers that are so desperately needed to the origins of the universe It lacks the ability to understand and explain some of the most basic questions that mankind has Even so since the time of Darwinian thought many theologians have wrestled with scientific thought and biblical understanding of Genesiss chapter 1 The idea of six day creation
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