The Mosaic Six Days And Geology -- By: E. P. Barrows

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 014:53 (Jan 1857)
Article: The Mosaic Six Days And Geology
Author: E. P. Barrows


The Mosaic Six Days And Geology

Professor E. P. Barrows

In pursuance of our plan, as indicated in a previous Article, we now proceed to consider the Mosaic narrative of the creation in its relations to the science of Geology. They who regard the narrative as a religious myth escape, at once, the whole difficulty; but, in doing this, they destroy the historic basis of revealed religion, and involve themselves in infinitely graver difficulties. If the account of the six days’ work of creation is a myth, then the ground upon which the decalogue places the rest of the Sabbath is mythical; in other words, it is no ground at all; whence the inference naturally follows, that the decalogue itself is of human origin, and the authority of the Pentateuch a nullity. But still further (since we cannot, upon any fair principle of interpretation, make part of the narrative contained in the first three chapters of Genesis mythical and part historic), if the record of the six days’ work of creation is mythical, then the contents of the two following chapters are mythical also. “Whence it follows, that our Saviour’s argument for the perpetuity of the marriage relation,1 rests upon the sandy foundation of a human myth, although he plainly appeals to the primitive

record as of Divine authority. Then the apostle Paul’s argument, also, for the headship of the man: “for Adam was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived; but the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression;”2 and again: “for the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man; neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man,”3 and his labored parallelism between the effects of Adam’s fall and Christ’s redemption, involving the very essence of the Christian system: “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” “for as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous;”4 for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead; for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”5 —all these direct appeals to the primitive record, made in the course of earnest argumentation, are found to be only a house built upon mythical quicksand, to be swept away by the floods of German neology, and in it the authority of the Apostle as an inspired teacher. Such has ...

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