Three Evangelical Models of Creation

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The topic of the article is connected to the question of the life and universe’s origin, because in the routine life, understanding of this question is structured as a mixture of Christian and scientific views.

The article considers, from evangelical perspectives, the problem of creation as it has been pictured in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. The main focus of discussion is Gen 1:1-3. The article analyzes three currently discussed in the evangelical circles models of creation, their weak and strong points. All these models fail to satisfy the most fundamental evangelical thesis creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing).

The author tries to create the fourth model, which is not contradicting to the main tenets of  creatio ex nihilo and based on the close, synchronic reading of the creation texts. The main idea is, that the two representations of creation, Gen 1:2-2:3 and Gen 2:4-25, consist of a two narratives about the same creation related from different angles, crafted by Moses intentionally in order to show more expressively the grandeur of the work done by God in creation.


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Evangelical Models of Creation; problem of creation as it has been pictured in the first two chapters of the book of Genesis; Christian and scientific views; representations of creation, Gen 1:2-2:3 and Gen 2:4-25

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