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.