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Denis Alexander on Understanding Creation Theology

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February 15, 2013 Tags: Creation & Origins

Today's video features Denis Alexander. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of BioLogos. You can read more about what we believe here.

Note: This video was originally posted May 15, 2010.


In this video Conversation, Denis Alexander addresses two prominent barriers for Christians to accept evolutionary creation. The first is Biblical interpretation. When contemporary Christians interpret the early chapters of Genesis literally, they do so out of a desire to take the text seriously. Yet the early church fathers saw these chapters as figurative—and that figurative interpretation did not lesson the important foundational truths taught in these passages. The contemporary literal reading is actually a modern approach to the text in that our scientific mindset inappropriately shapes the interpretation. Since science did not even exist at the time that Genesis was written, an overly literal interpretation can actually cause us to miss the inspired message that the Biblical authors were communicating.

The second barrier is the rhetoric of the New Atheists, who claim that it is impossible to accept evolution while still believing in God. Christians should challenge this. Traditional Christian views are not in conflict with modern science. Instead, they see nature as God's work, with St. Augustine writing that "nature is what God does." As humanity develops a scientific understanding of nature, we will only learn more about the handiwork of God. 

Commentary written by the BioLogos editorial team.

Denis Alexander is the Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, to which he was elected a Fellow in 1998. Alexander writes, lectures, and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. He is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

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norm - #15770

June 1st 2010

Beck #15111

IMO you have misunderstood and mistakenly applied established biblical metaphors and their usage. The OT is replete with Biblical symbolism that points to the Spiritual healing that comes through Christ the Messiah. Those symbols are not pointing to a future coming to us but were addressing the coming conclusion of the reality of the end of the Old Covenant of works which is equated with “thorns and thistles” in need of being burned (Heb 6:6-8).

These events happened in the judgment upon the Jews by Titus destroying their Temple, priesthood and sacrificial way of life. They (Christians) were looking forward to relief and the completion of Christ prophecies of judgment upon the Jews of that generation who were persecuting these first Christians. You don’t have to worry about a physical conflagration of Planet earth to fulfill prophecies as they have been wrapped up already. The overcoming of “Death” is the removal of the Adamic separation from God through the “curse” reversal through the removal of the Law.
Rev 22:3 And there shall be no curse any more:
This is spiritual language not physical

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