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SACRED RECORD OF CREATION

VINDICATED & EXPLAINED:

IN ANSWER TO THE ESSAY “ON

THE MOSAIC COSMOGONY," IN THE VOLUME

OF " ESSAYS AND REVIEWS."

BY

EDGAR HUXTABLE, M.A.

Vicar of Weston Zoyland, Somerset, and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral ;

Late Vice-Principal of Wells Theological College.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

WHILE the following pages are meant to be in reply to Mr. Goodwin, they aim, however, not so much at being controversial as constructive. Mr. Goodwin's Essay embodies feelings, which no doubt occasion perplexity and uneasiness in not a few reflective minds, which nevertheless are wholly averse from the conclusions which Mr. Goodwin avows. If the view of the opening part of Genesis, which is here advocated, serves to relieve any labouring under such difficulties, or if it prove a contribution only tending in the direction of such a result, to be taken up and matured by some more successful labourer in the cause of truth, the writer will have abundant reason to feel that his work has not been fruitless.

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THE SACRED RECORD OF CREATION.

I.

THE RELATION OF THE FIRST SECTION OF GENESIS TO

OTHER PARTS OF SCRIPTURE.

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Ņ dealing with the account of the first birth of things which is given in the commencing section of Genesis, — beginning with the

first verse of the first chapter and ending at the close of the third verse of the second, - the subject which first claims consideration is the relation which this account bears to the subsequent parts of Revelation. Is it vitally and (so to speak) organically connected with the later communications given or purporting to be given from heaven, so that it cannot be cut away without mortal injury to the whole organism? Or is it an excrescence, at least an unessential part, which may be removed with perfect safety to those other, certainly essential, matters which remain? In other words, can a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ retain his hold firmly and certainly upon the revelations and promises of the Gospel, while he yet abandons the Mosaic account of the creation as a mere human utterance,— as uninspired by the Spirit of Truth?

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