The Book Of Genesis
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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