Exploring Our Matrix
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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I’m not sure he’s helping.
It could be read two ways:
It’s my Father’s world, therefore believe what he tells you about it in Genesis, rather than the ideas of fallible scientists.
It’s my Father’s world, and he made it without any inconsistencies, therefore trust what you find out by studying it, rather than the words of fallible men.
The creation mythology in Genesis is a poem, never meant to convey what you twist it into.
A pity that Ussher, Bede and Lightfoot didn’t realise this. They could have saved themselves much effort. I wonder how they got it so wrong?
Probably didn’t read paleoanthropology, which better informed theologians such as the following one, are using to demonstrate how the Genesis mythology is an poignant narrative of the Neolithic Revolution:
Ched Myers (2005) The Fall. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Edited by Bron Taylor. NY: Continuum. chedmyers.org/articles/ecology-faith/%E2%80%9C-fall%E2%80%9D-and-%E2%80%9Canarcho-primitivism-and-bible
That’s interesting, and plausible as a naturalistic account. I’m not sure how much of it Christians (of whom I am not one) can subscribe to.
Well a Mennonite Christian wrote it. And I’m a Christian who accepts it. That’s 2. Several movements in Christianity, including the original, started with only 1.
I don’t see magical-Platonic supernaturalism as necessary to being a Christian anyway.
“…I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel, and themselves Christians and preachers of the gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what it’s Author never said nor saw. they have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man…” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Thomson, January 9, 1816
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