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Abstract

The approach taken in this paper is to examine some of the theological implications of three Christian models (or theories) of origins via their influence on the doctrine of Scripture, the fall of humankind and the Sabbath. Of course, it would also be possible to look to some of the broader, overarching themes such as the character of God, the nature of humankind and the meaning of salvation. However, I’ve chosen a narrower approach which fits better the scope of this paper and provides the possibility of viewing more specific details. In addition, the three areas chosen arise quite naturally out of the first few chapters of Genesis. The creation story arouses questions as to what kind of book the Bible is. And, humankind’s fall into sin and the Sabbath appear as central themes in those early chapters.

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