The Lost World of Genesis: 7 – Challenges to a Literal Interpretation of Genesis

There are three reasons why a literal interpretation of the Genesis origin accounts cannot be taken seriously. 1. The Challenge of Modern Science While the impact of the theory of evolution is well-known, and continues to be a point of contention in American schools and churches, it needs to be reiterated that other scientific fields,… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 7 – Challenges to a Literal Interpretation of Genesis

Real Darwinism, Real Christianity

Real, full-blooded Darwinism, marked and scarred where it has engaged properly with the world, is a hugely more compelling creed than the one peddled in the paperbacks and accepted uncritically by scientifically unlettered people who want some sort of scientific excuse to rubbish religion. Real, full-blooded Christianity, acknowledging the absurdity of anaemic literalism, confronting the… Read More Real Darwinism, Real Christianity

The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering

The problem of suffering is undoubtedly one of the greatest conundrums faced by Christian theologians through the ages. Some theologians regard human and animal suffering as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. But does any part of the story of ‘the Fall’ imply that there was no suffering prior to that? Looking… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering

The Lost World of Genesis: 6a – Revisiting ‘the Fall’

I asked some questions about what ‘the Fall’ meant in the context of evolutionary origins of species and human beings. After reading both Peter Enn’s the Evolution of Adam and Charles Foster’s the Selfless Gene, I am nowhere closer to forming my own opinion on it. Charles Foster does raise some important points that may… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6a – Revisiting ‘the Fall’

The Lost World of Genesis: 5 – Dust of the Earth, Image of God

Two contrasting metaphors are used to describe humanity in Genesis. They form the basis of the Judeo-Christian understanding of what it means to be human and our role on this planet. Dust of the Earth On one hand, it is clear that we are creatures, part of God’s magnificent opus of creation. Genesis claims that… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 5 – Dust of the Earth, Image of God

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