Genesis Geology, and Biology.
Archbishop Carr, under the auspices of the Melbourne University Union, recently delivered si lecture on '' Some Tendencies of Modern Thought," m the course of which he said that the science of geology and biology was said to cast discredit on the record of the creation of the earth and of the human race as set fortli m Genesis. Those statements had the effect of creating m some minds uneasiness lest the teachings of science should be found to clash with the teachings of revelation. Even admitting all that science really proved, what followed? So far as creation of the earth was concerned, the statement made m Genesis was m "the beginning God created heaven and earth ;" but, when the* beginning had been was not stated. It, might have bee", so far as the histotfcat narrative of the people was concerned,, millions of years before the Almightyproceeded during those six days to> prepare the earth for the habitation of man. Again, they might suppose that the six days of creation were m reality six ages "of indefinite length, each marked by the introduction of new forms of organic life. With regard to the? creation of species, they were takl that God created the plants, birdsjaiwJ fishes,, but they were not told whether God's, creation of these different species was immediate or naturally derivative. Many great writers of the highest repute and orthodoxy would include men's bodies m the general process '■ the development or transmutation of species. Whatever those opinions amounted to, they could leave Christian beliefs where they found them. The creative art -was just as much needed for the creation <rf organisms as for the creation of the different species. Denying the existence of a. personal God was at once uns<?ient.ific and irrational. In regard to soieiuje, the Christian church would adopt, whatever was true, and would prove t&at, instead of turning the mai* away from God, the latest discoveries m science should only make then* admire and reverence the more the, power and wisdom and goodness of Him from Whom all human knowledge oame, and to whosepraise and worship, all human learning Bhould tend.
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Genesis Geology, and Biology., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890
Genesis Geology, and Biology. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890
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