Critical Review by:

Doug Wilkinson, Reader


"I thought I'd give you my impression of the book so far (for the record, I'm convinced that preterism is generically the way to go, and most impressed so far with Russell's position on chronology; Covenant Creation is new to me)... 

The chapter on the history of creation doctrine was killer.  This needs to be taken back to the early church in detail.  The connection of YEC to Adventism can't be overdone.  I've just started to scratch the surface of about 11,000 pages of the Ante-Nicene Fathers (which I have in PDF if anyone wants them emailed), but it seems to me so far that we assume they approach things the way we do when they really don't...

Finally, I like the idea that the themes of the beginning and the end fit together..." 

1/2 Way Through Beyond Creation Science

"I decided to start a separate topic for this because of how important it is.  In Chapter 17 of Beyond Creation Science, the issue of the definition of Heaven and Earth is addressed.  I came to a similar conclusion as the book a while back from some independent study of the terms.  The conclusion of the book, which I essentially agree with, is that if you use a covenant definition of "Heaven and Earth" (as opposed to a literalistic one), you find that they are a covenant people of God.  If you apply the same hermeneutic to "world", you have an H-bomb of a landmine...

I think these examples are clear that they make much more sense when you use "world" as the people of God (again, either OC or NC, depending on the context).  If Covenant Creation's hermeneutic is true, the entire crisis created by having to make these decision or actions in eternity past (before the creation of time) evaporates.  There is no need to have made these decisions until at least after the fall (though possibly before God's conversation with post-fall Adam and Eve), and possibly as late as Sinai.  The actions will start to make much more sense to the passages they are found in.  Reformed Theology has followed a hermeneutic of literalism which creates and then requires the resolution of numerous dilemmas  such as Lapserianism before the creation of time and the physical universe.  If this hermeneutic is wrong, those dilemmas evaporate..."

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