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Re-Orienting Modern Biblical Interpretation: Church Fathers on History, the Letter & Creation

Trinity Western University
Dr. Craig Allert

A common theme that arises among Christians who find theistic evolution incompatible with the Christian faith is that science appears to be driving a “new” interpretation of Genesis 1-3. But this conclusion is indebted to assumption from the Enlightenment view of the world. In this view, any divergent approach to the Bible that does not take “history” seriously or as an explanation of reality is ruled out of bounds. This conclusion, however, shows a disregard for pre-Enlightenment biblical interpretation in the church. All Christians belong to a long heritage of Scriptural interpretation and it is to our benefit that we examine how committed believers in earlier ages read, interpreted, and sought to appropriate Scripture.

This project aims to usher Evangelical Christians into the “strange new world” of patristic biblical interpretation. Building on what has been called theological, or spiritual, interpretation it seeks to learn from the church fathers in their context as churchmen who were committed the spiritual formation of their congregants

Introducing Christians to ancient ways of interpreting the Bible, with the incarnation of Jesus at the center, can serve to re-orient modern biblical interpretation. This may allow those caught between science and faith to see that there is a faithful and orthodox way of reading the creation narratives that is neither “new” nor “accommodated” to the findings of science, but rather, faithful to historic Christian orthodoxy.

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