The Creative Laws And The Scripture Revelation -- By: S. H. Kellogg

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 046:183 (Jul 1889)
Article: The Creative Laws And The Scripture Revelation
Author: S. H. Kellogg

The Creative Laws And The Scripture Revelation

Rev. S. H. Kellogg

A recent writer complains of an eminent Christian apologist that “he examines the Bible in the light of science, instead of science in the light of the Bible.” The truth is, however, that both methods are legitimate, each in its own place and under due limitations. Each may serve equally well for the confirmation of faith in the divine authority of the Holy Scriptures, and the truth of the gospel they set forth. When in Scripture we find any deliverance bearing upon asserted scientific truths, we certainly do well to compare such alleged truths with the unerring Word, sure that, if contradiction shall be proven, science will have to revise its conclusions. Only all experience warns us that in so doing we must take heed that we distinguish the declarations of the Word from our own interpretations of that Word. Infallibility belongs to the former, but not to the latter. But if it be legitimate to examine science in the light of the Scriptures, it is no less so to examine Scripture in the light of science; and he who does this, does not imply that he is in doubt as to the absolute truth and authority of the Scripture.

Each apologetic method has its special use and application. The former applies especially to our dealing with

those theories which are often set forth, with some looseness of language, as a part of the science of the day; the latter is of special application to scientific facts and truths such as have secured the general consensus of competent judges. To examine the Scriptures in the light of these is not only not derogatory to the authority of Scripture, but is sure to help greatly in the confirmation of faith. As experience has often shown, such examination is sure to yield, from time to time, new evidence that the Author of nature is the author, in a sense unique, of that book which is the charter of the Christian’s faith. The inner harmony between nature and the Word is thus ever more and more clearly evinced to be such as is inexplicable on any other supposition.

In illustration of this, it is proposed to examine the general teaching of the Scriptures in the light of six laws, according to which, by the common consensus of competent authorities, the Creator worked in the production of this present terrestrial order.

1. The first of these laws is the law of progress. It may be taken as a fact, settled by overwhelming scientific evidence, and no less clearly affirmed in Genesis, that the world was not created all at once, and that there was a certain order in which its various parts appeared. It was, without an exception, an...

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