“Creatio ex nihilo is a fancy way of saying creation from zip, zilch, nada, nuffin, and is therefore a foundational doctrine. On top of that it is an in-your-face doctrine. If we cannot deny it outright like some militant atheist, we would still like to background it somehow. The mists of antiquity are most convenient to us for this reason. If we cannot have the moment of creation be non-existent, we would very much like for it to be prehistoric . . . Creation is the first historical moment” (Mere Fundamentalism, pp. 32-33).
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