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: 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’

Our Ancestors Worshipped on this Mountain…

The Samaritan woman at the well, perhaps in an attempt to deflect attention away from her private life, directed a theological question at Jesus: “Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus’ response is widely quoted among Christians today: “God is spirit,… Read More Our Ancestors Worshipped on this Mountain…

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 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