[This series is part of Section Three, Creation and the Second Person. An index with links to all parts of the work as they are posted can be found [url=https://forum.evangelicaluniversalist.com/t/jrps-bite-sized-metaphysics-series-302/1218/1]here.]
[This series concludes chapter 30, “The Doctrine of Derivative Spirit”; and also concludes Section Three, “Creation and The Second Person”]
Here is the third story: which might in principle have happened ‘instead’ of the second, and which I think happened after all, even if the ‘process details’ related here could stand expansion and clarification. (Maybe lots of it!)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the world. And the world was a blasted heap of formless rubble, and darkness was over the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was hovering (or moving) over the face of the waters.
Then God said, “Be light!”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.
And there was evening and there was morning, day one.
[Footnote: The story I am thinking of did not originally have modern paragraph structuring; but somehow a nearly universal belief has arisen concerning the story, that the creation of heavens and world and light and darkness took place on “day one”. Why this belief arose, I am not sure, but it has caused some needless mischief concerning the basic competence of the story’s teller: surely even if he thought a literal day had taken place, he would know a day cannot happen without a cycle of dayness and nightness!
I think, whatever else he knew or didn’t know, he knew quite well that “day one” couldn’t happen without light and darkness. I also observe that the people of his culture have from antiquity traditionally begun their days at sundown–in honor of this story. What this tells me, is that the story has been commonly and pervasively misinterpreted. “Day one”, in this story, doesn’t start until sundown: which means the atmosphere creation is the work of “day one”, appearances of distinct landmasses on “day two”, etc. Most of us who know this story are consequently off by a day when we talk about it! ]