GENESIS ONE & THE ORIGIN OF THE EARTH

 

                                                                                                                          Dr. Robert C. Newman

                                                                                                                                  Biblical Seminary

                                                                                                                          Hatfield, Pennsylvania

 

SCIENTIFIC DATA TO BE FIT

 

            Sun has most of mass in solar system (ratio 750:1)

            Planets have most of angular momentum (200:1)

            Planetary orbits nearly circular, in same plane, rotation same as sun's rotation

            Sun is large but lightweight for size (1.5 g/cc), so are outer planets (ave 1.5 g/cc)

                                    inner planets small but heavy (ave 5 g/cc), made of non‑volatile materials,

                                    sun and outer planets of volatile

 

PRINCIPAL SCIENTIFIC THEORY OF SOLAR SYSTEM ORIGIN

 

            Planets formed along with sun, from thin, shapeless cloud of gas and dust

            As cloud contracted, became dark inside, began to flatten, heats up as it contracts finally beginning to glow from heat, ionizing gas

            Electric charges produce magnetic fields, these wind up, transfering angular momentum, allowing:

                                    C center to become rounder (proto‑sun)

                                    C outside to push away as disk (planetary disk)

            Dust in disk condenses:

                                    close‑in if made of non‑volatile materials

                                    far‑out if volatile materials

                                    particles collide cold to form planets

            Earth's atmosphere and oceans produced:

                                    from inside planet by out‑gassing as earth heats up

                                    atmosphere oxygenated by plant life

 

CORRELATION OF GENESIS ONE & SCIENTIFIC THEORY

 

 

                   BIBLICAL MATERIAL 

 

                   SCIENTIFIC THEORY

 

In beginning, God created h & e (Gen 1:1)

A beginning, probably the no‑bounce big‑bang

Earth w/o form, void (1:2)  

Earth a shapeless, empty gas cloud

Darkness on face of deep    

After some contraction, dark within

Spirit of God moves on waters (1:2)                 

[Providential oversight, with occasional

  intervention]

Let there be light (1:3)    

Cloud glows with further contraction

Light divided from darkness (1:4)                       

Planetary material moves outside glowing cloud

Light = day, darkness = night (1:5)

Earth condenses from dust; sun & rotation give

  day‑night sequence

Waters burst from womb of earth (Job 38:8‑9);

  firmament appears in midst waters (Gen 1:6)

Earth heated within by radioactivity, driving out

  water and gases to produce (non‑breathable)

  atmosphere

Division of waters above & below firmament

  (1:6‑7)

Presence of atmosphere allows both suface and

  atmospheric water

Gathering of waters, dry land appears (1:9‑10)

Continental material develops from sub‑oceanic

  by vulcanism, erosion

Earth brings forth vegetation (1:11‑12)

Land vegetation appears

Lights appear in sky to mark days, etc., to

  dominate day & night

Photosynthesis by vegetation replaces CO2 by

  oxygen, lowering temperature and clearing

  atm so sun, etc. visible