If you take a look at theological history, you’ll see that a great deal of time and energy has been exhausted answering this question: If God wants us all to live in a paradise, why didn’t He skip all of this and simply create a utopian world? You can see my general answer to this question here, but in this answer I will focus specifically on the Judeo-Christian worldview since we are speaking about Adam and Eve.
People say that God is evil. They look at the Old Testament with disgust and remorse, viewing historical demonstrations of…
Join Chris as he takes a closer look at how evolution aligns with Genesis. We review the phrasing used by God during the creation process, and we examine some of the Hebrew used as well. If the earth brought forth all of the living creatures, as Genesis states it did, how is this different from evolution?
cient Hebrew words for day, evening, and morning, examining how their definitions and context effect their meaning. Does a day necessarily refer to a 24 hour period when used in Genesis 1? Listen now to find out!
Modern science certainly seems to have drifted quite far from the creation account found in Genesis, but is that really the case? Does the big bang theory really contradict Genesis? How could plants grow before the sun existed? Listen in as Chris Tain explores Genesis chapter 1 from a more... unconventional point of view.
I am so excited to announce that we are launching the Canon of Reason Podcast! On the show, we intend to dive straight into some of the most challenging aspects of Christian apologetics, theology, and philosophy. If you enjoy our blog, Canon of Reason, then you will LOVE the podcast!
There is no doubt that the doctrine of creation is one of the most disputed aspects of Christianity today, particularly among Christians. This debate drives division among Christian culture, and has even elevated to the point of hostility on occasion, while terms like "heretic" are loosely thrown around in anger. As Christians, can we seriously justify this level of divisiveness over the details of such a doctrine?
The emergence of life from dead matter, or abiogenesis, is the the generally accepted reality derived from the concept of evolution. There are many questions surrounding the details of this process and many theories have been proposed over the years. Indeed, it is up to science to determine how this process may have occurred, however, it is up to philosophy to determine the why. Was this a chance occurrence, or was it by design?
If God is able to use our actions to produce a desired outcome, do we really have free will? If mankind is unable to resist sin, do we have free will? Does the existence of an all-knowing God imply that we have no free will? This group of questions came to me after finishing the story of Joseph at the end of the book of Genesis and I think they are an appropriate set of questions given Joseph's statement to his brothers at the end of the story.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient Sumerian tale regarding a heroic protagonist that goes on a tremendous journey. Along the way, he meets a person who was divinely chosen to survive a massive flood on a boat which he had built himself. Sound familiar? Of course it does, this portion of the Sumerian story is remarkably similar to the story of Noah. In fact, there are a great number of similarities between stories found on Sumerian tablets and Genesis. This is commonly used to discredit the Bible itself, with the claim being that Genesis is simply a plagiarized version of older creation stories. The question I want to ask is, should we really be surprised by this?