The Creative Days -- By: L. Franklin Gruber

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 076:304 (Oct 1919)
Article: The Creative Days
Author: L. Franklin Gruber

The Creative Days*

L. Franklin Gruber

One of the storm-centers of the apparent conflict between science and Revelation has for years been the opening chapter of the Book of Genesis. With the development especially of modern physical science, the Mosaic account of creation became the object of many attacks, as supposedly antiquated or outworn and no longer intellectually tenable. This citadel of the Faith has thus for some decades been bombarded with the missiles of the most highly developed scientific acumen. Terms for an armistice have indeed been offered, and compromises looking toward concord and permanent peace have been suggested. But these have never been entirely satisfactory to either side. Meanwhile on each side there have been those who have opposed every compromise. They have remained fixed in their determination to continue the conflict with their original weapons, without even so much as a willingness to examine the weapons of the other party. As this is a subject of undoubted importance in these times of speculation and doubt, the following brief consideration of the Creative Hexaëmeron may not be wholly amiss and unwelcome.

Speculation upon this question has not been confined altogether to our own age. In practically every age philosophers and theologians discussed it. In the speculative thought of all races the questions of the whence, how, when, and why of origin have been second only to that of the whither of destiny. Thus many theories of creation have

* Copyright, 1919, by L. Franklin Gruber.

been developed. But as this is a subject that lies beyond the range of human consciousness and experience, unenlightened reason alone could never solve these transcendent mysteries of origin. This would seem to be as impossible, without revealed facts or premises of reasoning, as for a man to weigh himself while holding his own scale. Here man’s profoundest speculations fail, and unaided human reason must halt with bowed head and veiled face before the divinely imposed limitation, “So far shalt thou go but no farther.”

I. Two Sources Of Information

Man is, however, not thus left to himself without light, as to these absorbing questions. As if to anticipate man’s burning desire to know about his origin, for his “0 my Father “of inquiry there is the long anticipated revealed answer, “Here, my child.”

I. The Volume Of Revelation

The account of creation in Genesis has always been regarded as of divine origin. It seems to bear upon its very face the stamp of Divinity. And only in proportion as other accounts, however we may explain their origin, have been found ...

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