We’re turning our attention to chapter four in the confession this week, the chapter on creation. You might say it’s the most relevant chapter in the confession currently–in light of present, rather heated, discourse on origins, both without and within the church. Within the church, the debate revolves around these questions: did God superintend the origin and development of all things, or did He start a process which then progressed on its own without need of further divine intervention–or is there some other option somewhere between those two?
These are far from insignificant questions. Definitive answers may remain always at a distance, but finding a reasonable answer is certainly a credible pursuit.
The more expansive debate in the wider culture, of course, centers on whether we exist in a purely materialistic universe or in a one superintended by some transcendent being. If the former, any discussion of divine involvement in the existence or order of things is superfluous. If the latter then it’s reasonable to ask in what manner was that transcendent being involved.
As promised, here are the audio links of Dr Stephen Meyer’s talks from last weekend on 1) the implications of a purely materialistic world-view, and 2) the case for an observable kind of design at the cellular level that bespeaks an intelligence responsible for such (by the way, that suave voice praying at the beginning of the second audio link is none other than Pastor Mark). You might give some time to these lectures to prepare your mind for hearing what the divines concluded about creation from the biblical witness. They articulate a position that certainly be derived from the testimony of Genesis 1,2, but you’ll also hear other possibilities which the evangelical church finds both credible on the basis of sound biblical interpretation and the testimony found in general revelation, of which scientific investigation is a subset. Next week we’ll post a resource composed by our denomination that surveys the various views on creation that are considered legitimate understandings of the Scripture.