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Saturday, June 30, 2012

The purpose of Genesis 1

A scholar has written a four-part essay (each part perhaps a page in length) on Genesis 1. This was published by the BioLogos Forum. In what, for me, was the most important part of the essay, John P. Dickson argues that Genesis 1 was designed as an alternative to creation myths of the time, and, therefore, emphasizes that God's creation was a creation of order, not chaos, and that there was only one God involved. I'm no expert, but his argument seems to be interesting and important.

The link above leads to the third part, which includes links to the other parts.


FancyHorse said...

I agree with that, but I wouldn't say it was designed as an alternative, but it was what God told Moses, and Moses wrote it down.

Martin LaBar said...

True. It was a correct original, designed to counteract the alternatives. Thanks.