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The Driscoll Essay

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BAYLOR SEMINARY

THE DRISCOLL ESSAY:
INTERPRETATIONS OF THE CREATION ACCOUNT

AN ESSAY SUBMITTED TO
DR. BOBBY GENTO FOR THE REQUIREMENTS OF
OLD TESTAMENT ORIENTATION 591
FOR THE COMPLETION OF A MASTERS DEGREE
IN MARKETPLACE CHAPLAINCY

by
Janis Betts
Lynchburg, Virginia
May 18, 2011

Introduction
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, composed a comprehensive and succinct essay titled “Answers to Common Questions about Creation” that puts forth many principles surrounding the age-old question of Creation. He presents several different theories regarding Creationism that allows Christians the opportunity to form their own opinions about how the world came to be. Faced with modern day science and differing ideals surrounding this question, Driscoll gracefully acknowledges the fact that the religious community can “discuss and debate” the differences without division. He also writes quite eloquently about: the timeframe of creation, literal or figurative interpretation of Genesis 1 - 3, the age of the earth and various notions of evolution. In this paper, I would like to give my personal response to his essay.

My Personal View of Creation
After reading Driscoll’s essay “Answers to Common Questions about Creation” which outlines different theories on creation, I came to the conclusion that I hold to View 1: Historic Creationism because it laces together the possibility of an old earth, which tolerates scientific theory; and the writings in Genesis regarding the Divine creation of Adam and Eve, thus young humanity. Driscoll tells us that the word re’shit in Hebrew means “beginning” which literally means a starting point from which all things follow -- without giving a timeframe. I like the idea that God set the groundwork for creation during an unspecified period of time, perhaps billions of years, and when he was ready, took six days to separate light and darkness, sky and waters, dry land and waters, then...

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