Walton – Proposition 1

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The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, by John H. Walton.

What it says

As the title implies, Walton thinks the world of Genesis 1 has been lost to most people today.  He seeks to recover it by setting forth a series of proposition.

Walton’s first proposition is that Genesis 1 is ancient cosmology.  This means that God did not bother to correct their ideas (that the sky was a solid firmament or their ignorance about the nature and distance of the stars).  God left their ancient cosmology be.

So concordism, the idea that we can translate Genesis 1 into modern scientific terms, is wrong.  In fact, it misinterprets the Bible by misconstruing its intent.  Since God did not think it important to give the ancient Israelites correct and precise scientific details, we can conclude that the purpose of Genesis 1 was something…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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