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What do Biblical scholars today say about Genesis 1-2?

In recent decades, evangelical Biblical scholars have reconsidered non-literal interpretations of Genesis. The Accommodation view of St. Augustine and John Calvin is supported by recent discoveries about ancient cultures. Literature from these cultures shows interesting parallels and differences with Genesis accounts. The differences are striking, such as stories where creation is a battle among many gods rather than the acts of one sovereign Creator. The similarities, however, show how God accommodated his message so that the Israelites could understand it. For example, the Egyptians and Babylonians thought the sky was a solid dome. This solid dome appears in Genesis 1 as the firmament created on day 2. God did not try to correct the “science” of the Israelites by explaining that the sky was a gaseous atmosphere. Instead, God accommodated his message to their cultural context. Many evangelical Biblical scholars have concluded that Genesis is not meant to teach scientific information.

 

Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

In his new book Monopolizing Knowledge, physicist Ian Hutchinson engages with the world-view he calls “scientism”: “the belief that science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge”.

 

Biology and Ideology – From Descartes to Dawkins

Ever since modern science emerged in the 16th and 17th centuries, it has been used and abused for purposes that lie well beyond science. Biology has been particularly susceptible to ideological manipulation and application, a trend that shows no sign of abating.

 

Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers bring together fourteen experts to examine the varied ways science has been used and abused for nonscientific purposes from the fifteenth century to the present day. -Amazon

 

The Lost World of Genesis One

Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1.

 

What factors should be considered in determining how to approach a passage of scripture?

Finding the best interpretation of a scripture passage can be a daunting task. C.S. Lewis advises us to “Look. Listen. Receive.” A good approach is to seek the intended meaning for the original audience before considering what it means for us today. Clues to the original intended meaning can be found in the style of language, the genre of literature, the original audience, and the historical and cultural context. By studying these things, we avoid projecting modern ideas (like science) onto the text.

 

What's So Great About Christianity?

"With scholarship and eloquence that reminds me of C. S. Lewis, Dinesh D’Souza addresses the urgent questions of our time, such as ‘Is Christianity believable in the face of the discoveries of modern science and modern scholarship?' " - Reverend Robert H. Schuller

 

A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

"The humility with which Myers writes and the intelligence with which he composes his arguments could disarm the most jaded cynic." – Worship Leader Magazine

 

Beyond the Firmament

Beyond the Firmament challenges all creationist camps to step outside of traditional paradigms and recognize how our modern scientific worldview actually blinds us from seeing the simple truth of Creation as it was originally intended.

 

The Dawkins Delusion

"Alister McGrath invariably combines enormous scholarship with an accessible and engaging style." -- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

 

Oracles of Science

Oracles of Science examines the popular writings of the six scientists who most influenced our perceptions of science.

 

Twilight of Atheism

In THE TWILIGHT OF ATHEISM, the distinguished historian and theologian Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century. –From the inside flap of the book

 

Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life

In this tour-de-force Alister McGrath approaches the edifice of self-confident, breezy atheism so effectively promoted by Richard Dawkins, and by deft dissection and argument reveals the shallowness, special-pleading and inconsistencies of his world-picture. Here is a book which helps to rejoin the magnificence of science to the magnificence of God’s good Creation. - Simon Conway Morris

 

Genesis: A Commentary

Lucidly and eloquently written, it is a work of the heart that helps us not only to understand deeply God's Word in its context, but also to consider how it applies to us today. -Amazon

 

Science and Its Limits: The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective

Originally published under the title Philosophy of Science, this revised volume surveys how views of science have developed and changed over time, especially since the Kuhnian revolution of the 1960s. -Amazon

 

Personal Knowledge

In this work the distinguished physical chemist and philosopher, Michael Polanyi, demonstrates that the scientist's personal participation in his knowledge, in both its discovery and its validation, is an indispensable part of science itself. -Amazon

 

Structure of Scientific Revolutions

"Perhaps the best explanation of [the] process of discovery." -William Erwin Thompson, New York Times Book Review

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