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“For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (PSALM 33:9; NKJV).
|THE BIBLE OPENS WITH A STATEMENT THAT FORMS THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (GENESIS 1:1, NIV). This is the foundation of all biblical theology, because it tells us that life began when a Creator spoke it into existence. This is where we encounter the God whose power is matched only by His love for His creation. He Spoke and It Was: Divine Creation in the Old Testament is the result of an interaction between Seventh-day Adventist bible scholars, scientists, and educators. Listening to one another, they engaged contemporary science and biblical scholarship constructively on this important issue. The book is the first volume in a series characterized by engagement with the biblical text itself with the aim of helping both scientists and interested non-specialists to grasp the significance of biblical Creation, its terminology, and theology.At its core, Creation is all about who we are, what our destiny is, and how God chooses to save a world that is in direct rebellion with its Creator. For the God of creation is also the God of salvation, and He will ultimately re-create an earth that has been corrupted by thousands of years of sin. The Creation account contains an echo of hope that rings through the centuries—and keeps tugging at our hearts.He Spoke and It Was represents the collaborative effort of the Biblical Research Institute, the Geoscience Research Institute and the Faith and Science Council.
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- Videos: Thinking Creation
All rational people have thought about what happened in the beginning, but not everyone has come to the same conclusion. Thinking Creation is not only about why thinking Christians embrace the Biblical creation, but also how this doctrine makes sense of the sometimes confusing reality we experience and the development of competing philosophies.
This video series is designed to serve as the beginning of a conversation, not the end; it is about reality in the past, present and future. Embracing a thoughtful understanding of creation frees believers from irrational philosophies built on events that don’t happen, and liberates them to embrace the beauty evident in nature. In other words, Thinking Creation is about a beginning, the beginning of a liberating journey to understand ourselves, our universe and our Creator God.
- The Great Debate is the first episode in this series. It traces some of the philosophies that, over the course of millennia, have lead to the various ideas about origins that are current today. Some of the thinkers discussed include Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius, Aristotle, the Apostles John and Paul, Thomas Aquinas and David Hume among others. As much as possible, the original words – or at least reasonable English translations – of these thinkers are used. (English, Italian)
- The Christian Roots of Science is the second episode in the Thinking Creation series. In this episode, the question of whether Christianity acts as a superstition that holds back the advancement of science is examined. The foundational ideas of Christianity are compared with other religious philosophies ranging from Atheism to Animism. Galileo’s involvement in the conflict over Copernican and Ptolemaic understandings of our universe is examined along with the thinking of other great scientists ranging from Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton to Louis Pasteur. (English, Italian)
- The Design of Life, examines specific properties of life, particularly the chemistry of life, that inform our understanding of where life comes from. The protein Endothelin-1 and molecular machine ATP synthase serve as examples illustrating how life works at the molecular level and how this may inform our understanding of life’s origin. Recent thinking about Intelligent Design theory is examined in relation to life, particularly Michael Behe’s observations on irreducible complexity and William Dembski’s idea of specified complexity. (English, Italian)
- The Richly Diverse Creation explores where the amazing creatures we observe in the world today came from. Did they evolve? Were they all created by God in the Garden of Eden? Did Noah build a boat that held everything from spiders to Elephants? Are some of the claims made in the Bible even possibly true given what we know from our scientific study of organisms? This episode carefully examines what the Bible actually claims about organisms and what we believe to be true, based on current science, about organism’s ability to adapt to a changing environment. (English, Italian)
- God and Nature discusses the relationship between the Creator and His creation. How does the biblical perspective that God is both the Creator and Sustainer of nature inform understanding of the regular laws of nature as well as singularities such as the creation and other miracles? (English, Italian)
- God and the Big Bang: Big bang cosmology is the most widely accepted scientific understanding of how the universe came into being. This view is remarkably consistent with the biblical record of history. Crucially, both views deny that the universe is eternal and claim it had a beginning. God and the Big Bang explores other areas of agreement and tension between big bang cosmology and the biblical understanding of reality. (English, Italian)
The Faith and Science Council has a number of publications in various stages of preparation. As these become available, information will be provided about them here.