Q. It seems obvious from the literary artistry of the creation accounts (including rhythm and rhyme—e.g tohu wubohu) that the author is not attempting to give us a scientific description of exactly how creation happened. Further, why would God download a scientific description on a pre-scientific people who would only be befuddled by it? It seems odd that many conservative Christians feel like the Bible must be evaluated in modern terms based on our own modern ways of viewing the world, even though the original audiences of the Bible did not share a good deal of our worldview. This I think leads to the proper conclusion, namely that the Bible in the first place was addressing its own first audience, and what it meant back then and back there is still what it means today—- hence the need for contextual exegesis and the need for us to do detailed contextual studies of these past contexts. It also suggests that the subject matter of the Bible is not geology or cosmology or other scientific studies, but rather history, theology and ethics, and this is what the author are trying to teach us about. Would you agree?
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