Topic: Research Topic Selection CRST 290 Patrick Villanueva Gap Theory Thomas Chalmers, Arthur Custance, C.I. Scofield The gap theory is an early and significant attempt by Christian theologians to explain the apparent short scale of world history found in Gene
Following on your Topic Selection (Module/Week 2) and Annotated Bibliography (Module/Week 4), you will now write a 1,000- to 1,200-word paper about one of the non-traditional views of the days of Genesis 1 and compare/contrast it with a traditional 24-hour day, young-Earth view of Genesis 1. The paper must follow
- A title page. See the example in Turabian format at https://www.liberty.edu/casas/academic-success-center/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2019/04/Author-Date_Style_Sample_Paper.pdf
- A 100- to 150-word abstract that summarizes the purpose and findings of your paper.
350- to 400-word “Overview of [Non-traditional View]” section that documents the
view’s origin and its specific take on the days of Genesis 1. The goal of this
section is to present the non-traditional view concisely but fairly, without
editorial comment or counterarguments. Describe and discuss this view as if it
were being presented by a well-informed proponent. Topics to address include, but are not limited to:
- Where and when this view entered the theological discussion on origins.
- The specific view of how the Hebrew word “day” is translated or understood in Genesis 1.
- How Creation Week is treated as a whole (e.g., as a historical sequence, literary convention, non-historical myth, etc.).
- Does this view make specific claims about the timing of creation in history or not? For example, does the view require an ancient Earth and universe, or does it specify if/when the days correspond to Earth history?
400- to 450-word “Response to [Non-traditional View]” section that critically
evaluates the nontraditional view from young-Earth creation sources. The goal
of this section is to engage with the non-traditional view, evaluating and
responding to its claims. Topics to
address include, but are not limited to:
- How the non-traditional view interprets “day” accurately or inaccurately in Genesis 1.
- Points of agreement/disagreement with the sequence of creation events in Genesis 1 as espoused by young-Earth creation.
for changes to historical Biblical timelines, such as the age of creation, time
of creation of Adam, and/or other events recorded in the early passages of
Genesis (e.g., Noah’s flood).
- Does this view require significant changes to, or rethinking of, important Christian doctrines?
- A 150- to 200-word conclusion summarizing your findings and providing your perspective of the views presented.
- A bibliography of references used (minimum of five references; you may use up to ten sources for the paper). This bibliography does not need annotations; only the reference material is required.