How Did God Create the World? Explore 6 Answers from Christian Scholars.

The belief that God created the world is foundational for Christians. However, the exact nature of God’s work in creation is debated. In TH331 Perspectives on Creation: Six Views on Its Meaning and Significance, six leading Old Testament scholars present the distinct features and biblical bases of their particular views:

  • Joseph A. Pipa Jr.—Six-Day Creation
  • Mark D. Futato—Literary Framework
  • C. John Collins—Analogical Days View
  • Tremper Longman III—Evolutionary Creationism
  • John H. Walton—Identity Accounts
  • James B. Jordan—Creation by Faith
 

 

As they unpack the meaning and significance of the creation account, these scholars discuss topics like hermeneutics, the genre of Genesis 1, the nature of the days in the creation week, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds and ancient cosmology, the relationship between the Bible and science, and the theological implications these various views have for the believer. This course will provide you with a better understanding of the different positions Christians hold regarding creation and will equip you to be able to explain the different issues involved in Genesis 1–2.

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Explore the views of creation with TH331 Perspectives on Creation: Six Views on Its Meaning and Significance. Pre-order today and save $60.

Comments

  1. Perhaps we need a “6 Views on Creation” in the Counterpoints series. I only see two problems with this, but not too big. One, there is no book, only transcripts and video. If there is a college type course, books should be a given. Two, if there are six views with six sessions, do you even argue for a particular view or just leave it up to the student to watch the six videos and decide for themselves? I am guessing the latter since Logos would be afraid to stand on one view and reject the other five. They may view that as bad for business. But that is sad. I know Logos doesn’t claim to be Catholic, yet Catholics buy Logos despite their Protestant worldview. So thinking people won’t buy something because you actually have a worldview is an invalid argument. I would consider buying this if there was a book on creation views, and a video that made a defense of one of the views. I find it hard to spend nearly a hundred bucks on something I can go to Youtube for.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Steve. Really appreciate your feedback. It’s always welcome. I just wanted to point out that, like in a college or seminary course, Mobile Ed courses come with recommended/required readings. And just like in a college/seminary course, they must be purchased separately from the course itself.

      You used the Counterpoints series as an example, and that’s apt. Like that series, this course presents all sides to a prominent debate and lets the reader/viewer come to his or her own conclusions. There is value in having resources that present multiple perspectives on an issue, and there is value in having other resources that take a particular theological stance. (Most Mobile Ed courses fall into the latter category, since the professor is presenting his or her own point of view.) As you point out, this is true for most resources on Logos.com.

      Thanks again for the feedback!

      • Steve Jones says:

        I appreciate your feedback, and forgive me if I sounded a little harsh. That was not my intent. I just want to make sure Logos doesn’t fall into the trap of capitulating for the sake of a dollar. I trust that is not the case.
        My point though is that what is being sold does not suggest that there is a position on this by the professors at Logos. So are you suggesting that if we were to buy this set there is a clear stance on creation, like atheistic evolution, theistic evolution, 6-day creationism, or evolutionary creationism? And if so, which one does Logos hold to? I would like to know before buying so I know what to be prepared for. Thanks!

        • Tyler Smith says:

          No problem, Steve. Rest assured, all the professors featured in the course take a Christian approach to the issue. Here’e the list of their views, taken from the post above:

        • Joseph A. Pipa Jr.—Six-Day Creation
        • Mark D. Futato—Literary Framework
        • C. John Collins—Analogical Days View
        • Tremper Longman III—Evolutionary Creationism
        • John H. Walton—Identity Accounts
        • James B. Jordan—Creation by Faith
        • You can read more about our publishing policy and statement of faith here. Hope that helps!

  • Wow, this is actually a pretty great idea for a course. Bravo!

  • Stan Stutzman says:

    Where does 2 Peter 3:5 “For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished,” fit in?

    • Steve Jones says:

      This is why I wanted to know their position. People are going to have differing views, hopefully to be persuaded to a particular view.