In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1.1)
in six days the LORD
made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, (Exodus
All things were made
through Him (the Word), and without Him nothing was made that was
made. (John 1.3)
For by Him (Christ)
all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities
or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things
consist. (Colossians 1.17)
Teaching the Truth
Articles relevant to
Great Anglican Divines - (5) John Pearson (1613-1686), Bishop of Chester. Cross†Way article by David Watson.
John Pearson contended for a literal six day creation time span:
"It remaineth then that we steadfastly believe, not only that the “heavens and earth and all the host of them” were made, and so acknowledge a creation; . . . but also that all things were created by the hand of God in the same manner, and at the same time, which are delivered unto us in the books of Moses by the Spirit of God, and so acknowledge a novity, or no long existence of the creature . . . most certainly within not more than six, or at farthest seven, thousand years.”
As did Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656) who dated the creation of the world to 23rd October 4004 BC:
‘Why is the order of the years of the world so carefully set down in the Scripture? To convince all Heathen that either thought the world was without beginning, or that it began millions of years before it did.’
This is a remarkably prescient answer in the light of modern scientific speculation.
Darwin and Doubt and the Response of the Victorian Churches. Churchman article by Nigel Scotland.
The Apostle Paul's use of Creation & Genesis. Cross†Way article (2010) by David Meager.
Contemporary Challenges to the Doctrine of Sin. Churchman article (2009) by David Phillips.
How Moses Compiled Genesis - A Suggestion. Churchman article by J. Stafford Wright