The Hebrew Cosmogony Again. A Second Paper For Scientists -- By: Charles B. Warring
BSac 53:211 (July 1896) p. 522
The Hebrew Cosmogony Again. A Second Paper For Scientists
In the BIBLIOTHECA SACRA for January appeared an article in which were laid side by side Science’s account (A. D. 1896) of the ante-human history of our earth, and that in Genesis (B. C. 2000 (?)), with a view of showing what correspondence exists between them; and, to bring this out more clearly, the reader was requested to note the results that would follow a denial, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say a reversal, of what Genesis says. Such reversals and their necessary effects were spread out in parallel columns.
For the satisfaction of those who have little time to study for themselves the ante-human history of our world, and who have come to regard with just suspicion statements as to what science teaches, when made by writers on this chapter, there was sent to a number of gentlemen whose position and reputation entitle them to speak with authority, a brief summary of the physical teachings of the paper under consideration, and they were requested to give an opinion as to their truth, and their order, with such remarks as they might see fit to make for the elucidation of the whole subject.
The following is the summary1 sent to each with a reprint of the January article:—
BSac 53:211 (July 1896) p. 523
1. There was a First Cause.
*2. The heavens and earth had a beginning.
*3. They were at first inchoate.
*4. Our earth then was an unsegregated part of a great gas-like or nebulous mass, infinitely tenuous, without land or water, plants or animals.
*5. That mass was non-solid, most like a fluid.
*6. Before motion, there was only darkness.
*7. Motion came from the same Cause that produced the matter to which it was communicated.
*8. After motion came light.
*9. Light, at first poor, became good light before the earth had become opaque, and, in consequence, made a division between light and darkness.
10. That division makes what we call day and night.
11. And then was the first day on our planet.
*12. After that, the earth was still so hot that the seas were suspended as vapor and clouds of immense thickness.
*13. After these had been condensed by farther cooling, the air became comparatively clear, but was poisonous from the carbonic acid and other deleterious gases mixed with it.
*14. The waters when deposited covered at first the e...
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