Friday, December 13, 2013

Genesis 1 Is Ancient Cosmology




One of the most important steps towards Orthodoxy was letting go of the modern-scientific readings of the Bible, specifically Genesis. Once I began to understanding the Bible as a grand narrative, or to use Lesslie Newbigin, "a unique interpretation of universal history that makes the reader an active agent," a new world opened up to me. Genesis is not a literal, historical account of Creation. It's poetic. It's a temple making story. The works of N.T. Wright brought this to light.

If you adhere to a literal reading of Genesis 1, like Young-Earth Creationists, you'll be in a constant state of defending against science, so much so, you may miss the meaning of Creation. Or, if you hold to the alternative theories, such as Old-Earth Creationism and the subsequent varieties, you're preoccupied with fitting the latest discoveries in science into the biblical account; in which case, you may, like your YEC counterparts, miss the meaning of Creation. Genesis 1 is to provide us with a sense of meaning and purpose--therefore, function, which the blog linked below will go into--for the cosmos.

Check out this blog from Orthodox Ruminations. The book written about is now on my To-Read List. It's nice to see an evangelical scholar and theologian put forth a view so close to Orthodoxy.

2 comments:

  1. An interwoven tapestry (finite) that points to the infinite and preeternal God.

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  2. "Interwoven tapestry" is a wonderful way of speaking about creation. The whole created world speaks of God, sometimes even screams at us! If only more people could see and hear this.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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