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The foregoing explanation many have now adopted. It is sufficient for my purpose, if it be a possible explanation, and if it meet the difficulties of the case. That it is possible in itself, is plain from the fact above established, that the Scriptures wisely speak on natural things according to their appearances rather than their physical realities. It meets the difficulties of the case, because all the difficulties hitherto started against this chapter on scientific grounds proceeded on the principle that it is a cosmogony; which this explanation repudiates, and thus disposes of the difficulties. It is therefore an explanation satisfactory to my own mind. I may be tempted to regret that I eau gain no certain scientific information from Genesis regarding the process of the original creation; but I resist the temptation, remembering the great object for which the Scripture was given -- to tell man of his origin and fall, and to draw his mind to his Creator and Redeemer. Scripture was not designed to teach us natural philosophy, and it is vain to attempt to make a cosmogony out of its statements. The Almighty declares himself the originator of all things, but he condescends not to describe the process or the laws by which he worked. All this he leaves for reason to decipher from the phenomena which his world displays. This exploration, however, I do not wish to impose on Scripture; and am fully prepared to surrender it, should further scientific discovery suggest another better fitted to meet all the requirements of the case.'

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以下のとおりお答えします。 8、9行目あたりのeauなる語は不明につき、無視いたしました。 先の説明は、現在多数の人が採用しています。もしそれがあり得る説明であって、さらに本件の難問に見合っている(対処している)とすれば、私の目的としては十分です。上で確立された事実から、聖書は賢明にも物理的な事実ではなくその外観に従って自然物について語っているということが、本来的にあり得ることは明らかです。それは本件の難問に見合っています。なぜなら、従来本章に対して科学的な土俵上で始められたすべての難問が、宇宙起源論であるという原理に基づいて進んだからです。この説明はそのことを否認し、かくしてその難問を処理(揚棄)するからです。 したがって、それは私自身の心にとって申し分ない説明です。私は、原始創造の過程に関して創世記から科学的情報は獲得しないことを後悔する、という気分にさせられるかもしれません。しかし、私はその誘惑に抵抗し、聖書がそのために与えられた大きな目的を思い出します―人に彼の始まりと終りのことを伝えて、彼の創造者と救世手に彼の心を引き付けることです。 聖書は、私たちに自然哲学を教えることは目指しませんでした。また、その陳述から宇宙起源論の構成を試みることは無益です。全能の神は、すべてのものの創始者たるを宣言しますが、彼は(仕事の)経過や、それに基づいて働いた法則を威丈高に記述するのではありません。神はこのすべてを、世界が展開表示する現象から判読するという理由のために書き残すのです。 しかしながら、私はこの探求を聖書に押しつけたくはありません。そして、もし科学的発見がそれ以上に本件の必要条件をすべて満たすのによりよく適合した別のもの(方法)を示唆するのであれは、それを明け渡すために十分な用意があります。 以上、ご回答まで。

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