Sunday in our Apologetics class, I personally delivered a “book review” of the first 3 chapters of the book:
Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, by John C. Lennox
The teaching lasted about an hour, with a 10-15 minute discussion afterwards. I recorded myself and overlaid the slides I used into the following YouTube video. Initially (for the 1st 4 slides) I forgot to turn on the recorder, so there is no sound until slide 5. Also, in order to hear any of the comments made by the class, you’ll likely need to turn up the volume to the max. At the end of the video, there is one class member, who holds the young earth view, that asks me a question about the Sabbath day. Also, there is one class member, who holds the ancient earth view, that asks several questions throughout the presentation and talks extensively at the end during the discussion time. It was a good class on an important topic.
The class consisted of a total of 11 people – 5 adults, 5 youth (highschool or middleschool) and 1 college-aged person. Here is the video of slides with audio of me speaking in the background:
Here was the note-taking form I passed out before the presentation started:
7 Days That Divide the World – Dr. John C Lennox (2/18/2018)
- I’ve not made up my mind on this issue yet
- Need to be willing to look at b__________ sides (Prov. 18:17)
- Danger of “S_______-M_______” arguments
- Chapter 1: But Does It Move? A Lesson From History
- 16th Century controversy – Copernicus. The e__________ moves, and not the s______
- “Fixed earth” and “moving sun” fit well with the Bible (1 Chron. 16:30; Ps. 93:1-2; Ps. 104:5; 1 Sam. 2:8; Ps. 19:4,6; Eccl. 1:5)
- Reformers Calvin and Luther were “fixed earthers”
- G__________ challenged Aristotelian view of fixed earth – attacked by academia/church
- Took many years to establish h__________ view (the view of fixed sun/moving earth)
- Now we comfortably accept the heliocentric view
- Chapter 2: But Does It Move? A Lesson From Scripture
- Controversy with Galileo was about B_____________ interpretation
- How did the author i_____________ it to be taken?
- We must consider the n______________ understanding of a passage
- The meaning of word ‘l______________’ – natural or customary meaning, not mystical/allegorical
- Can be more than 1 “natural meaning” of word or phrase
- Examples: car “flying” down the road, Jesus is the door, “God said…”.
- Literal vs. Literal_______
- Christians eventually accepted the “new interpretation” of moving earth
- Cannot keep Scripture and Science separate – Bible/Science address some same things
- God started s__________ – told Adam to name animals – “t__________________y”
- Bible uses phenomenological language — the language of appearance.
- Message of Augustine – if my views on something not fundamental to the gospel, on which equally convinced Christians disagree, attract ridicule and therefore disincline my hearers to listen to anything I have to say about the Christian message, then I should be prepared to entertain the possibility that it might be my interpretation that is at fault.
- The Galileo incident teaches us that we should be h___________ enough to distinguish between what the Bible says and our interpretations of it. The biblical text might just be more s_____________________ than we first imagined
- 2 e____________ to be avoided. The first is the danger of tying interpretation of Scripture too closely to the s______________ of the day. The opposite danger is to i____________ science.
- Chapter 3: But Is It Old? The Days of Creation
- Christians divided into two main groups. 1: days of Genesis are the 24-hour days of 1 earth week-universe is around 6,000 years old. 2: those who believe that the universe is a__________________.
- Reformers L___________ and C_________________ held the 24-hour view
- Some of early church f__________________ held to “day-age/epoch” view.
- 3 main views of Genesis days: The 24-hour view is that the days are 24-hour days, of one Earth week, about 6,000 years ago. The “d____ a_______” view is that the days are in chronological order, each representing a time of unspecified length. The “framework view” says that the days exhibit a logical order, rather than a chronological order.
- We should try to read Genesis 1 as if we had never read it before
- Outline of first section of Genesis:
- Statement regarding the creation of the heavens and the earth: 1: 1—2
- Six days of God’s creation and organizational activity, culminating in the creation of human beings in his image: 1:3-2:1
- The seventh day, day of God’s rest—Sabbath: 2:2-3
- Correlation with Exodus 20:11.
- M____________ and uses of the word “day” in the early chapters of Genesis are many.
- Insertion of the “d___________ article” in days 1-5, vs. day 6-7
- Lennox thesis that:
- Initial creation took place before day 1
- Days of creation could be 7 c_____________ 24 hour days separated by l_________ or indeterminate periods of time.
- Problematic 4th day – Sun, Moon, Stars created – were they “revealed” from behind clouds or “appointed”?
- Cannot determine truth by appealing to how many people held this interpretation, and for how long. Have to ask why they understood it this way.
- What points is Dr. Lennox missing about the debate?