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on 7 December 2011
Having enjoyed Lennox's other book 'God's Undertaker' I was a little disappointed by this one.
Whilst he discusses the different options for understanding the creation account in Genesis, he seems to come down on the side that the 'days' were actual 24 hr periods but that there were aeons of time between each day, thus fitting with the scientific conclusion that the earth and the universe are billions of years old. I suppose I had never thought of this interpretation but I do find it rather strange. I think a better understanding is that the 'days' were not 24 hr periods but rather simply periods of time - how can you have a 'day' as we understand it if the sun did not exist until the 3rd day (which also applies even if the sun already existed but was not used as the source of energy for the earth until then).
He also believes that the last 2 days should be viewed differently from the 1st 5, as on the 6th day God created mankind (supernaturally) and on the 7th he rested, which Lennox believes God is still doing, ie He no longer 'creates'. Whilst I have serious doubts about evolution in explaining the development of life on earth, I am also not convinced that God simply created man and woman by a miracle and placed them in a garden. Still, I wasnt there so who's to know?!
Lennox did make me think about some things which Id never thought about before, eg that man's sin only brought death to mankind, not all living things on earth which many people probably assume. I think alot of us have an image of the pre-fall world as being 'perfect', that all animals were vegeterian and only started to eat each other after man sinned. Lennox also makes the point that God made a 'garden' for man perhaps indicating that it was only within this area on earth that was perfect for man - after the fall he was thrown out of Eden and it was down hill from there on.
I suppose Im the kind of person who wants definite answers to questions, but in the end none of us really knows how it all came to be - we'll find out one day, and just might be surprised.