Is there a time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2? (Part 2)

The other day we shared Part 1 of a two-part series wherein Dr. Cornelis Van Dam weighs the arguments in favour of the gap theory.  This theory states that there is a long period of time between the first two verses of the Bible — such a theory would allow for the long periods required for evolution.  In Part 2, Dr. Van Dam discusses two more arguments:  1) That the expression “without form and void” signifies God’s judgment on the earth due to a preceding fall into sin; 2) That “the darkness over the deep” likewise was present because of the fall into sin and God’s judgment.  Originally published in Clarion (January 2, 1989), you can read the article here or in our Articles section.