The Creation Question

Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.

The Lost World of Genesis: 4 – Good, but Not Necessarily Perfect

What is commonly known as ‘the Fall’ plays a significant role in the redemption narrative found in evangelical circles. The assumption is that the original creation, as completed in the first 6 days, was perfect, until Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Till then, there… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 4 – Good, but Not Necessarily Perfect

The Lost World of Genesis: 2 – Countering the Dominant Culture

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Such a statement would not have been made callously. It was deliberately provocative. It flew in the face of everything the ancient Mesopotamians believed. As the first sentence to a creation story, the origin of God is glaringly omitted, implying that in fact, God has no… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 2 – Countering the Dominant Culture

The Lost World of Genesis: 1 – Material Origins or Functionality?

John Walton, in his book ‘The Lost World of Genesis 1: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate‘, argues that the early chapters of Genesis serve not to expound upon material origins, but to provide a basis for their functions. Apparently, this was not the concern solely of the author of Genesis but of the dominant… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 1 – Material Origins or Functionality?