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The process whereby God brought the heavens and the earth, and all of their diverse contents, into existence

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How might a Christian persuade a naturalist non-theist that the universe cannot be a brute fact?

In contemporary philosophy, a brute fact is a fact that cannot be explained in terms of a deeper, more "fundamental" fact. There are two main ways to explain something: say what "...
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Creation and when satan fell

'In the begining God created the heavens and the earth, now the earth was formless'(Gen 1:1). The Hebrew text does not say 'now' but the earth 'she became' formless, the same word used when Lot's wife ...
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Do Christians believe that God used mathematics to design the universe?

I would like to know if this is a common belief among Christians, and if so, is it grounded in the Bible? Does the Bible suggest that God created mathematics, and that He used mathematical principles ...
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What are Christian responses to the atheistic argument that God is an unnecessary and overly complicated extra step?

One presentation of this argument is put forward by Carl Sagan: "If the general picture, however, of a Big Bang followed by an expanding universe is correct - what happened before that? Was the ...
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Is Jesus the first creative work of God according to Revelation 3:14?

The Book of Revelation narrates of a story where an angel is ordered to write down the words of Jesus and Jesus here is referred to us the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists respond to the 'Last Thursdayism' objection?

Last Thursdayism (alternately Last Tuesdayism or Last Wednesdayism) is the idea that the universe was created last Thursday, but with the physical appearance of being billions of years old. It's also ...
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According to Christian evolutionists, how can the suffering of evolution be reconciled with a loving God?

A renowned Christian who believes in evolution is Francis Collins: Collins also has written books on science, medicine, and religion, including the New York Times bestseller, The Language of God: A ...
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Did any of the early church fathers believe that God formed the universe out of formless matter?

Christians are starting to accept natural theology as a way of God using the observable world in order to create the universe. In the deuterocanonical books, it says that God formed the universe out ...
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Why did God institute marriage at Creation if Jesus states that there is none at the resurrection?

If Creation as it was made was good in God's eyes before the Fall, and in the New Heaven and New Earth in Revelation restores Creation to what God intended it to be, but marriage is not part of the ...
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How can Proverbs 8:22-36 be about Jesus?

Proverbs 8:22-23 (LXX) says The Lord made me the beginning of his ways for his works. He established me before time in the beginning, before he made the earth How can that be Jesus if Jesus was not ...
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If God is immutable, how is creation not a change in God? [duplicate]

In what way is creation understood not as a change on the part of God when God is understood to be immutable? By immutable I mean the classical definition where God has never changed and never will ...
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What is the universe, according to Christianity?

As the title says, what is "the universe", according to Christianity? The term does not occur in the Bible, making it impossible to address this question through hermeneutics alone. However, ...
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Concept of attractiveness

I want to ask why would God create such concept as attractiveness if He does not look at someone’s looks? 1 Samuel 16:7 ”for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ...
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What does the word "exist" mean as applied to God's existence and the creation? [closed]

Nearly all doctrines of creation refer to the word "exist" or "existence" as if all readers knew its meaning. However, if the significance of creation (and the very nature of God) ...
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What does "uncreated God" mean?

I often hear references to the "uncreated God", citing passages such as Psalm 90:2 "from everlasting to everlasting you are God". What is the specific meaning of the word "...
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What doctrines distinguish meaningfully between YEC distant starlight creation models and sky-dome-ism?

With regards to doctrines of creation, it appears to be the case that most Christian denominations (minus some predominantly OEC belief systems) assert that Creation (of worlds, stars and galaxies) &...
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If there was a beginning to God's creations, did God therefore change?

For background, this is related to other questions about whether God may have changed in the past. It is often touted that God preceded all creation, and some even say that He is able to violate ...
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What scientific objections exist against theistic evolution?

There is already a question focused on biblical arguments, What are the Biblical and theological problems with theistic evolution?, but I found none focused on scientific reasons. According to ...
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What is causality, according to the Scriptures?

I often hear that God caused time to exist, or created time. But causality is relatable to us as a temporal concept, at least in the sense that it requires strict ordering; nothing caused can ...
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How do Exodus 31:17 and Isaiah 40:28 not contradict? [Please read description] [closed]

**Exodus 31:17 ESV: It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Isaiah 40:28 ESV: ...
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Is it possible to be a worshiper of the true God without being reached/evangelized?

Upon reflecting on the answers to this question, HOW does the existence of the Universe make those who do not worship God to be "without excuse"?, I noticed that Romans 1:18-20 leaves ...
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How do Creationists interpret the faculty of color perception in living beings?

Human beings are trichromats meaning that they have three color receptors in the eye which enable them to see all seven colours of sunlight. Animals are dichromats meaning that they have only two ...
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Looking at Matthew 23:34-36 can we interpret this to mean the end of the old Adamic creation with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD?

Jesus seemed to be focused on the destruction of Jerusalem when discussing end times. The Revelation clearly says these events would take place SOON. If we connect what Jesus said in the gospels to ...
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The "inside out" problem of creation. Does it have a solution?

I feel like this morning is a good time for a very fundamental question: One of the reasons I can no longer believe in the 'mainstream' concept of God the Creator is what I call the "Inside out&...
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Does God still create everything

We know that in the beginning God created everything from nothing. No doubt there. But, these days we often hear something like "Why is that puppy so cute? Because God made it that way." ...
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The "Why" of Creation -- Does the bible explain God's reasoning?

This question is more theoretical than anything, but I wanted to ask the following: If God is a perfect being, one can safely infer that he has no needs, because of the nature of his existence is ...
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How do Christians holding some role of evolution defend against YEC that the many deaths required is adding blemish to God's character?

There are several ways that Christians have tried to reconcile evolution with the Biblical narrative of creation. Theistic evolution is one option. Another is C.S. Lewis's way of how while the ...
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What is the basis for the belief "It is possible to have free-will and be incapable of sinning, but it is not possible to be created in that state"?

Some Christians believe that "It is possible to have free-will and at the same time be incapable of sinning, but it is not possible to be created in that state". For example, in my recently ...
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How do Christians that believe in creatio ex nihilo answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

This question is a spin-off of the previous discussion How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?. ...
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How do Latter-day Saints answer the question of why human beings are not created with a perfect character from the outset?

This question is a spin-off of the previous discussion How do proponents of the “free-will defense” against the problem of evil explain that God can be free and immune to moral evil at the same time?. ...
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Do Christians believe that God chose to create the "best possible world" among multiple/infinite alternatives, by maximizing a "Goodness" function?

Do Christians (or at least a well-known subset of them) believe that God chose to create the "best possible world" among multiple/infinite alternatives, and therefore, that we are living in ...
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Did The Creator intend at first for Adam and Eve to have children?

We know that Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel and their 600 (I forgot the exact number) after Heaven was taken from them for consuming the fruit. But if hypothetically, if they hadn't sinned, would they ...
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Have any prominent Christian Intelligent Design proponents discussed the issue of a potential infinite regress of intelligent designers?

We can arrive at an infinite regress of designers as follows: Suppose that X is so complex that it's considered to show evidence of design. Accordingly, we infer that an intelligent designer must be ...
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According to proponents of creationism and intelligent design, are we clueless about the origin of life? James Tour vs. Dave Farina

Dr. James Tour recently uploaded a video titled Dr. James Tour vs Dave Farina | Are we clueless about the origin of life? #abiogenesis. The description in the video says: Join us for an exciting ...
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Is there a biblical basis for naturalism? [closed]

Christians are normally accused of damaging or being a threat to scientific development, but recently there are Theistic Christians, who believe that God used natural processes to create the universe, ...
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Does Modern Science's Law of Causation confirm Christianity's Doctrine of Creation as stated in Genesis 1:1 and Acts 17:24? [closed]

The discoveries in modern science by Einstein and Hubble assert that the universe is expanding, and that if the "clock" were rolled back, the universe would come to a "Singularity Point....
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History of creatio ex nihilo

I have recently read that many pagan religions have their creation myth being creation by bringing order to primordial chaos. The accounts, if you squint, are not that different from what we have in ...
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Does the creative "spoken word" of Jesus (e.g. Luke 18:42) demand a Young Earth Fiat Creation interpretation of Gen. 1:1?

Since Jesus could create living organs (eyes, legs, whole bodied such as that of Lazarus, etc.) and even bring food into existence, in a split moment of time, do these feats demand accepting the short ...
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Who are the "us" in Gen.1.26; And God said let us make man in our image and likeness.....? [closed]

Is this the Trinity, and if it is how do we know? I have read that the Jewish interpretation is that God is talking to angels, or Michel Heiser says it's the divine counsel. Is there any way to figure ...
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Besides Augustine and Origen, did any church fathers reject a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-2:4?

Augustine allegorically interpreted the first creation account in Genesis 1 - 2:4 but seems to have literally interpreted the second creation account in Genesis 2:5-3:24. Origen allegorically ...
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Is creatio ex nihilo accepted theology for all mainstream Christian denominations?

The Wikipedia article on creatio ex nihilo indicates that this theology is part of Christianity, but it is unclear whether it is universally accepted or not. Reading the questions on this site about ...
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How do Latter Day Saints interpret the Bible verses saying that all things were created by God?

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:3 There are also Book of Mormon verses saying that God created all things as well. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea of 'creation ex nihilo'?

Dr. Dan McClellan in a recent video says "[T]he doctrine of creation ex nihilo is not found anywhere in the Bible. The academic consensus is that it is a creation of 2nd century Christianity ...
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According to Genesis, did all land animals come before humans, or were some created after?

According to Genesis 1:25, God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds on the 6th day. It then says at Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man According to Young Earth ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the logos being only the means for creation? [closed]

All things came into being through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into being that has come into being John 1:3 Are we given any indication that the logos made anything? Or is it ...
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How do Trinitarians deal with this contradiction regarding the Creator?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If a trinitarian is asked which God is being referred to, which God created the heaven and the earth at the beginning, MOST, if not ...
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How do holders of a literal interpretation of Genesis 1 interpret the word "rule" in verse 16 in light of its apparent contradiction to observation?

Genesis 1:16, King James Version, reads: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. I am specifically asking ...
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When interpreting the Genesis Creation LITERALLY, does there EXIST a better cosmological explanation then a geocentric earth?

The Genesis account of creation tells of YHWH creating the earth and heavens on the first day. Then 3 days later He created the luminaries. From a literal interpretation, is there an alternative ...
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Was Adam really "alone" if God took 'Woman out of Man'? Is a woman alone if out of her womb 'a new one' comes? [closed]

Texts (from the Complete Jewish Bible translation): Genesis 2:18 (CJB): ADONAI, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” ...
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Could this be a reason why a school head-teacher refused to give permission for Genesis 1:27 to be quoted during a school assembly?

The visitor, who was to address many British school children on some of the things taught in the opening chapters of Genesis (and who I personally know, hearing this from him first-hand), had his talk ...
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