Thursday, September 17, 2009

Completed a short essay on the significance of creation account in Genesis 1-2 in light of contemporary scientific cosmogony

Finally I've managed to finished the essay. It's a short one, only 1500 words (including footnotes), but a tough one as the issue is too wide-ranging to be confined with that amount of words. We have to summarize and examine four different approaches before offering our own (if any).

Here is a brief evaluation of the Young Earth Creationist's reading of Gen 1-2:

[This] approach had almost nothing right. Though interpreting the textual meaning literally is right, yet to insist the text as an exact description of cosmogony has wrongly assume plainness and simplicity into the passages without considering the complexity of the situated-ness of its socio-linguistic nature on one hand,[8] while ignoring contemporary empirical studies on cosmology on the other.[9]

[8] This literalism inherited from Protestantism during the Reformation period. See Peter Harrison, The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science, (UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 107-120. On the passages’ literary nature, see Frank H. Polak, ‘Poetic Style and Parallelism in the Creation Account (Genesis 1.1-2.3)’, in Creation in Jewish and Christian Tradition, ed. Henning Graf Reventlow and Yair Hoffman, (London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002), 2-31, and John H. Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, (England: Apollos, 2007), 179-199. For a brief on the issue, see Ernest Lucas, Interpreting Genesis in the 21st Century, (accessed 15 September 2009).

[9] According to the latest data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a joint-project between NASA and Princeton University. See WMAP, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, How Old Is The Universe?, (accessed 15 September 2009).

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