Manner of Creation

Timeline / illustration depicting the three leading views on the manner of creation

2111110-gen0100-manner-cre-cht-gra-bcrxAt issue: specifically “when” did the ‘chaos’ referred to in Genesis 1 occur relative to the beginning of the first day of Creation? Three views are illustrated:

  1. Chaos after an original creation (“Gap theory”)
  2. Chaos before the original creation (“Eternal matter”)
  3. Chaos as the first stage of the beginning of creation (“Traditional view”)

The “gap theory” has also been called the restitution theory; the “eternal matter” view has also been called the “precreation chaos theory”; the traditional view is sometimes called the “initial chaos theory.”

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