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Discussion 1 to Meditation 154
A fourth viewpoint

by: John Jay

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My father (fundamentalist) and some others Christians I know hold to a fourth view of creation; that a long unspecified period of time is defined in Genesis 1:1 "in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth", and then some catastrophe takes place (in my father's cosmology, this is where Satan has his rebellion, but the events of this lacuna are unrelated to my point). Then the narrator continues "and the earth with without form, and void."  Thus something happened between initial creation and a state where the earth was formless; Q.E.D., this is where long evolutionary periods of dinosaurs, geological disruptions, billion-year-old planets, all fit with no contradiction to a literal reading.

I don't agree with this position, but it is one of the competing Christian-Creation views and deserves a mention.