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Table of Contents
- Does God exist?
- Did God really take six days?
- What about the ‘gap theory’?
- What about carbon dating?
- How can we see distant stars in a young universe?
- How did bad things come about?
- What about arguments for evolution?
- Who was Cain’s wife?
- Were the Nephilim extraterrestrials?
- Was Noah’s Flood global?
- What about continental drift?
- Noah’s Flood-what about all that water?
- How did the animals fit on Noah’s Ark?
(Chapter 13 &
- Where are all the human fossils?
- What about the Ice Age?
- How did animals get to Australia?
- How did all the different ‘races’ arise?
- What happened to the dinosaurs?
Creation Answers Book
Lesson 3: What about the ‘gap theory’?
The Gap Theory (tract)
Gap Theory Q&A
The Creation Answers Book, Chapter 3
Gap theories (pp. 54–55)
- Overall, what is the ‘gap theory’ concept?
- What problems are the gap theories trying to solve?
- Specifically, what is the ‘ruin-reconstruction’ version of the ‘gap theory’?
- How does the ‘soft gap’ theory differ from the ‘ruin-reconstruction’ idea?
The classical (ruin-reconstruction) gap theory (p. 56)
- How is the ‘gap theory’ similar to and different from the ideas of ‘theistic evolution’ and ‘progressive creation’?
- With whom and when did the ‘gap theory’ originate?
- What are the main reasons people adhere to positions such as the ‘gap theory’?
Problems with the classical gap theory (pp. 56–62)
- What is ‘Lucifer’s flood’?
- How does acceptance of the ‘gap theory’ undermine the message of the Gospel?
- How are the Hebrew words bara and asah used in the Old Testament? Why should these words be considered largely interchangeable?
- How does the actual grammatical construction of Genesis 1:1–2 preclude a gap of time being inserted? For a more detailed treatment of this point, see Morning has
broken … but when?
- Why is it inappropriate to translate the Hebrew word hayetah as ‘became’ in the context of
Genesis 1:1–2? (See also
Can evolution’s long ages be squeezed into early Genesis? and
The Gap Theory: An idea with holes?)
- How and why do those who accept the ‘gap theory’ translate tohu and bohu in
- What is the proper translation of these two words? Why?
- If someone said to you, ‘The Lord commanded Adam and Eve to “replenish” the Earth, so there must have been a race of people
before them, since they were to refill the Earth’, how would you respond? (See also
What does ‘replenish the Earth’ mean?)
Soft gap problems (pp. 62–64)
- What are some of the problems the ‘soft gap’ tries to avoid?
- Why is it inappropriate to translate the Hebrew word asah as ‘appeared’ in Genesis 1:16?
- What problems does translating asah as ‘appeared’ cause to the Gospel?
- What is a merism?
- Why is it correct to say that the merism of ‘heaven(s) and earth’ in Exodus 20:11 is not ‘broken’ and still refers to the whole universe?
- Describe some of the unique problems the soft gap theory creates.
Conclusion (p. 64–65)
What effects has the gap theory had on the church?
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