Friday, January 25, 2008

Great Bible teachers who believed the Gap Theory


Thomas Chalmers (Reformed and Presbyterian)

JN Darby

William Kelly

GH Pember

C.I. Scofield

L.S. Chafer

G.H. Lang

Erich Sauer

AW Pink (maybe not so great?)

Clarence Larkin

Henry Thiessen

Watchman Nee

Finis Dake (maybe not so great?)

Francis Schaeffer

Vernon McGee

Hal Lindsey

Derek Prince (maybe not so great?)

12 comments:

Jonathan Hunt said...

Warfield, Hodge?

Rose~ said...

Interesting, huh?
Commentary from the DF?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jonathan, I know Hodge was an Old Earther, but I am not aware where he stood on the interpretation of Gen. 1.

Did he believe in a pre-Adamite creation, then?

As for Warfield, I was under the impression he was a Theistic Evolutionist.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Comment from the DF:

People should stop mocking the Gap theory.

While the Gap theory is flawed as a method of reconciling uniformitarian geology, it does have an exegetical basis in the text of Genesis 1 and can be supported by other passages.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Anonymous said...

Hi Matthew,

I agree with you about the gap theory.

Some questions and thoughts:

While I was reading your list of bibleteachers, who supported the GT, I was musing about the question, on wich basis you catagorize somebody as "great"? Did you know there were antisemitic pictures in Erich Sauers magazine while the Nazireign in Germany? Not that great, isn't it? And why is Derek Prince not a great bibleteacher? Because he was charismatic/pentecostal? Do you know about the work his mission did in eastern europe, after the downfall of communism, especially in supporting the poor albanians (spititually and otherwise)? Did you know that he was one of the first charismatics publishing a harsh critique about the so called "Toronto Blessing"? As far as I remember his teaching about the gap theory, he said: "This is a theory, not theology. But it helps to explain some very difficult biblequestions." I don't know if I remember right, but I think he pointed to G. H. Pember's "Earth's earliest ages".

Have you read "Without form and void" by Arthur C. Custance? And if yes, what do you think of it?

Is there any (written) proof, that F.A.Schaeffer supported the GT?

I like your blogs! Keep the good work. And by the way: I'm still on my jouney to read thru Darby's CW.

Greetings and God bless you,
mae

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Mae, thanks for visiting.

"Did you know there were antisemitic pictures in Erich Sauers magazine while the Nazireign in Germany?"

I am not aware of Sauer having any links with Nazism. There is nothing anti-semitic in his writings (and I can think of Dispensationalists who have tended towards anti-semitism).

"And why is Derek Prince not a great bibleteacher? Because he was charismatic/pentecostal? Do you know about the work his mission did in eastern europe, after the downfall of communism, especially in supporting the poor albanians (spititually and otherwise)?"

Notice the question mark in the brackets.

I will not deny that Derek Prince has done some good work in the area of mission.

However, it cannot be denied that his theology is seriously faulty, not only in his Pentecostalism, but in his support for the heavy-shepherding discipleship movement which harmed many.

"Did you know that he was one of the first charismatics publishing a harsh critique about the so called "Toronto Blessing"?"

As I understand it, he endorsed the 'Toronto Blessing', but I am ready to be corrected.

"As far as I remember his teaching about the gap theory, he said: "This is a theory, not theology. But it helps to explain some very difficult biblequestions." I don't know if I remember right, but I think he pointed to G. H. Pember's "Earth's earliest ages"."

I think he did have second thoughts about the theory.

"Have you read "Without form and void" by Arthur C. Custance? And if yes, what do you think of it?"

Not read that.

"Is there any (written) proof, that F.A.Schaeffer supported the GT?"

Read his work 'Genesis in Space and Time' (Or was it 'Creation in Space and Time'?). I dont think he was dogmatic about it, but he was certainly inclined towards the view.

"I like your blogs! Keep the good work."

Thanks.

"And by the way: I'm still on my jouney to read thru Darby's CW."

Well done. They are very difficult.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

David Wyatt said...

Good work bro. Matthew. The only one you mentioned that I knew for certain believed in the GT was good ol' Doc McGee, still my fave-o-rite. I disagree with him on this & a few other things, which of course does not make him wrong! Yet I appreciate him & many of the others you listed. I am glad you posted this. God Bless!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks a lot, David.

Antonio said...

I am unapologetic, young earth creationist.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Believing in a pre-Adamite creation (whether by positing a Gap or by Dillow and Waltke's Relative Beginning theory) need not entail being an Old Earther.

If there was a Pre-Adamite creation it might have only lasted for a couple of days before Lucifer's flood. The Adamite world hardly took very long to fall into sin.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matt

Anonymous said...

Arthur Pink also touted the Gap Theory.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

As you can see, he is on this list.