An Exposition Of The Original Text Of Genesis 1 And 2 -- By: Samuel Hopkins

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 033:132 (Oct 1876)
Article: An Exposition Of The Original Text Of Genesis 1 And 2
Author: Samuel Hopkins


An Exposition Of The Original Text Of Genesis 1 And 2

Rev. Samuel Hopkins

§ 4. Cosmogonic Days

We now suspend our critical examination of the Mosaic text. Before taking up our study of the creative day, we wish to present some thoughts about the “cosmogonic day,” so-called, which throws itself into conflict with our previous reasonings and conclusions. While doing this, however, we shall ignore those reasonings and conclusions, and shall look at this matter of cosmogonic days, in its relation to our general subject, on independent grounds. We state our present business thus:

Given — the organization of universal matter, by natural processes, from its crude state of torpidity and darkness into the present cosmos; To find — its genesistic days, and their agreement or disagreement with the Mosaic genesis.

Before taking up our problem, it devolves upon us to show, as definitely as we can, what we are to understand by the vital term, “genesistic days”; or, as they are more commonly called, “cosmogonic days”; or, as we prefer to call them, “aeonic days.” As nearly as we can ascertain, a cosmogonic day denotes: 1. The phenomenon — cosmic light; 2. Some one creative work—cosmogonic; 3. The time — indefinite — from the initiation to the termination of any one such creative work.1

These are the best definitions of the word “day” which we can find; of the word used in a cosmogonic sense. Had they been more concise, probably they would have been more lucid.

I. Our first object is, to find these cosmogonic days, if we can; that is, to find their development in the processive construction of the vast congregation of worlds. The two extremes are: primal matter, astronomic perfection. Cosmogony proper does not include inhabiters of worlds nor furniture of worlds. It terminates with construction and position. It comprehends only the process or processes by which the crude matter of the universe was brought into that beautiful arrangement of individualities which we call the cosmos.

The question now is: In this one grand creative work were there definable divisions — one definite creative work, a pause; another definite creative work, a pause; and so on, until, by one after another, the grand work, cosmic construction, was completed? If so, then were there cosmogonic days — successive times, momentary or aeonic, in each creative operation.

We will now frankly state— but disclaiming all scientific pretensions — how our thoughts take hold of the question before us. In doing this, we avail ourselves of ...

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