Talking Points 2013

This event took place on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Every communicator has expectations about how he or she wishes to be heard. So, what approach to reading the creation texts of Scripture best respects what God intended? This question is at the forefront of recent discussion about the Bible and creation. This Talking Points event provided the opportunity to engage in thoughtful theological dialogue on this important topic.


Session One:

Creation in Genesis

John Walton, Ph.D.

Session Two:

Creation in the Old Testament

John Walton, Ph.D.

Session Three:             

Creation in the New Testament                  

David Turner, Th.D., Ph.D. [manuscript]

Session Four:

Panel Discussion

Michael E. Wittmer, Ph.D (moderator)


John W. Hilber, Ph.D.


David L. Turner, Th.D., Ph.D.


John Walton, Ph.D.



John Walton, Ph.D. | Professor of Old Testament

Wheaton College and Graduate School

Selected Works (
Genesis 2-3, The Lost World of Adam and Eve (forthcoming)
Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology
he Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate
ncient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament
enesis, NIV Application Commentary
IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (co-author)



David L. Turner, Th.D., Ph.D. | Professor of New Testament

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Selected Works:
The Gospel and Letters of John, Teach the Text Series (Baker, forthcoming)
Matthew, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Matthew, Cornerstone Biblical Commentary
Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (contributor)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (contributor)
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (contributor)



John W. Hilber, Ph.D. | Professor of Old Testament

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Selected Works:
Genesis 1 and the Latter Prophets
Psalms in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
ultic Prophecy in the Psalms
The Culture of Prophecy and Writing in the Ancient Near East
Egyptian Prophecy in Broader Ancient Near Eastern Perspective





Michael E. Wittmer, Ph.D. | Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Selected Works:
The Last Enemy: Preparing to Win the Fight of Your Life
hrist Alone: An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell's Love Wins
on't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus is not Enough
eaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God