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I need to think a bit on what exactly to post in this thread. Admittedly, Richca’s knowledge in this area exceeds mine greatly.
The timelines, i.e. chronology of Genesis compared to modern scientific notions of time and creation (a 13.7 billion year old universe) are arbitrary because God is outside of time. Therefore I see no interruption of God’s initial act of creating formless matter and the subsequent coalescence and design of that matter into the universe, planets, etc.
I’m not sure, bob, what exactly you are saying here or trying to say but I think it involves some pretty deep theology such as God’s eternity in contrast to time, God considered as pure act, and the ideas of eternity and pure act in relation to God’s act of creation.
St Augustine seems to have grappled with this to some extent as can be seen in his works such as his book on the Trinity, The City of God, and his three works on the Literal Interpretation of Genesis. Augustine was a deeply profound thinker as well as a very profound interpreter of Holy Scripture. His knowledge of Holy Scripture , connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament, interpreting parts of Scripture in relation to the whole or the whole catholic faith, was as I said very profound and when I read his works I sometimes feel like I’m reading the mind of the sacred writer himself or the Holy Spirit, the principle author of Sacred Scripture. Still, Augustine wasn’t infallible in all what he wrote.
Back to your comment. I see it resembling in some manner St Augustine’s Literal Interpretation of Genesis. For he held that the ‘days’ of the Genesis 1-2:3 creation narrative and the various works, creation and distinction of the various creatures, were simultaneous and that these works of God divided into days meant an order of nature and not of time. For example, before there can be plants or animals on earth there needs to be an earth first, or before one can have animals in the seas there must be seas first, or before the sun, moon, and stars there must be the place of the heavens to set them in. So, he interpreted the ‘days’ as an order of nature but not that of time. In fact, he conceived of God’s act of creation of the universe as creating all things together, simultaneously, from the beginning to the end of time. Even those beings who would appear in there own time such as the generation of animals, plants, human beings such as you and I, from their ‘parents’ so to speak, were all created together in that initial act of creation but in potentiality or ‘seminal reasons’ as he called them. It is not to easy precisely how he conceived of the seminal reasons and I don’t want to get into that momentarily.