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Manner of Creation

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

At 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:

  • Chaos after an original creation (“Gap theory”)
  • Chaos before the original creation (“Eternal matter”)
  • 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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PDF ver. 2014-03-01
1 p. 4.67 x 7.08″ .06 mb
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PDF version history:
2014-03-01: Updated SKU
2008-07-26: Released in new style
2007-11-28: New release w. style change

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