“In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture.” – Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis
At the start of the school year, I have my students read selections from John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One. I do this for several reasons. First, regardless of your opinion about Walton’s theory in Genesis, the book forces my students to learn about the importance of context. Second, it reveals that the worldview of our own Bible is one that is very different from ours. Finally, my hope is that Genesis 1 will no longer be viewed as a battlefield between religion and science. The Bible neither proves nor disproves evolution, young earth, or old earth. The message that is ultimately conveyed is that the world is good and a place for God’s presence.
What do you think about Walton’s theory regarding Genesis one?
If scripture does not reveal modern science, should its legitimacy be called into question?