The Antiquity of Man, Not Contrary to Holy Writ (1865)
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- So long as Peter looked upon the Lord Jesus he could walk on the sea, but the moment he looked away, he became aware that he was sinking. So may we walk (so to speak) on the sea of science, so long as we keep a steadfast eye on God; but look to science only, and we must sink into the depths of scepticism and despair. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." With this command ringing in our ears let us bring all things to the touchstone of His Word who spake it; and now we will begin, by bringing the asserted antiquity of man to that touchstone.
- The first words of the inspired volume run thus: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In these few words we read, not a mere sentence, not a chapter even, but a volume, which were it unsealed (to quote the words of Saint John) “I suppose that even the world itself, could not contain the books that should be written.” We are not told how long the earth remained, after coming from its Maker's hands , or in what state (and science cannot fathom), till the time it is described as “ without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”