This post is designed to encourage believers who have walked away from church and seekers who will not consider Christ because of ultraliteral interpretations of Gen. 1-11. Many of us Christians do not share this view, but accept science. 98% of scientists do not accept that view, either.
If you were to write up a genealogy of your family, you would follow certain rules or conventions. You are of your own times. When the author of Genesis wrote genealogies in those seven chapters, he too followed certain conventions. He was of his own times. Part 5 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.
It’s time to read the ancient story in its own cultural context, not ours. This post is part 4 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11. (updated)
We need to face a brute fact. Evolution is here to stay. It started out as a rising tide, but now it is a tsunami. Are we going to flail and punch it–or surf it? How do we interpret the biblical passages about Adam and Eve? Five options are offered here. Part 3 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.
Why did the author of Genesis 1 choose six days of creation and not three or ten or twelve–or no days at all? He plainly tells us why. Part 2 of 5 in the series on Gen. 1-11.
It is unrealistic to expect that the ancient author of those chapters lived in a sound-proof bubble and was not influenced by his religious culture. He rejected some of it, but accepted elements. But which elements? And on which criteria did he decide? Part 1 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.
Augustine lived from 354 to 430. He was easily one of the most profound thinkers who ever lived. His words are relevant today.
Startling statement from the world’s most famous evangelist.
God is the Accommodator. He accommodated humanity when he inspired ancient authors to write infallible Scripture to ancient people. Now we follow him by accommodating ancient Scripture when it makes “scientific” claims about the world of nature.
What do their names mean? Why do the lists of the twelve in the New Testament have a slight variation? Can it be resolved?