Infants learn to crawl before they learn to walk, or so they say. Ancient Christian theologians had a similar theory about the sacred text. Read More >
Brandon Withrow discusses Origen, an ancient Christian interpreter of Scripture, and his reading of the Genesis 1 text. Origen believed that God’s inspired Word was a form of “baby talk for an infant human race.” Therefore, he looked for deeper spiritual meanings rather than simplistic literal readings. Withrow looks at Origen’s struggles with interpretation as well as the Platonic worldview that permeated his understanding of reality.
Like Christians of all ages, Origen carefully engaged the biblical text according to the worldview of his community at the time. Read More >