Born Talking: Creation and Time

While again reading The Magician’s Nephew, the first in the Chronicles of Narnia, I was once again struck by a scene that seems to suggest some curious perspective on our origins.  The book is the first about Narnia (in terms of Narnian history) and presents the creation of the world with the song of the lion, Aslan, who Lewis uses as his representation of Christ.  At one point Aslan has created the entire world, then calls forth two of each animal (male and female) and gives them the gift of language.  They not only have the ability to speak, but they have knowledge to speak about as if they had spent time in classrooms for years.

Foregoing the interesting connections to the doctrine of election (one that Lewis strongly opposed), it is intriguing to think about a creature, just finding itself to exist, but having knowledge and “age.”  How rarely do we talk about the first chapters of Genesis and think about how odd it is that God did not create seeds and eggs, but he created plants, fish, and birds.

How “old” were these creatures when they were created?  What did they know?  Obviously they had knowledge to find food, shelter, and other necessities.  Did they already have food in their stomachs or were they all hungry?

Then what of Adam?  When he was created did he appear to be 25?  But he was only minutes old!  And he had knowledge and creativity enough to be able to talk with God and to name all the animals that God had created.

With such extraordinary circumstances, how did science apply?  Would radio-carbon dating be able to determine the actual age (minutes) of materials or would it have shown the earth to have been thousands of years old?  Were all the conditions that are present in physics today apply to those first moments?  Would there have been as much radiation then?  What of greenhouse gases?  What kind would the chemical makeup of water be with no pollution whatsoever?

Status Quo

When looking at our origins it is appropriate to consider that the world, having been created moments ago, may have been very different even in its fundamentals.  Theologians speculate about the differences that occurred and circumstances that changed at the Fall, but could those have only been observable ones?  It seems that people lived much longer in the early days of the world and life spans began to decline.  What could have made that difference?  Could those differences have affected the accuracy of dating organic matter that was created by the very word of God?

All science assumes that all the conditions that are observable today must have been true for all of time.  However, with much scientific research and discovery in its relative infancy, it is virtually impossible to say for sure that the half-life of carbon has always been the same.

Did this wet your whistle?  The real purpose of this post is to direct you to this episode in a podcast of Wayne Grudem teaching through his systematic theology.  In this particular episode we have Mike Mobley (CV) who is a theoretical physicist, research director, and has published an article amending Einstein’s theory of relativity. Enjoy:


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Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

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