Re: Apologetics and Genesis
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 17:03:48 EST

In a message dated 11/11/98 5:56:48 AM Pacific Standard Time, John says,
<< If this is the case, then the literal or physical aspect of Gen 1-11
can't be completely ignored. >>

George Murphy's answer is to the point: the purpose of Gen 1-11 is to reveal
God's views of relationships between God and humans, man and woman, humans and
others humans, mankind and the world.

The problem with the literal/physical aspect of these chapters is that they
reflect the scientific opinions of the writer's day. It is not there was no
creation, no flood, or no tower of Babel; but that these are described
according to the scientific and historical assumptions and historigraphy of
the times, plus being molded for the purpose of communicating the theological
supra-cultural message. From the divine point of view it is a contextualized
message, not a scientific report.

This all needs more explication which is why I write longer papers than are
appropriate for answers on list; but, keep sending questions.

Paul Seely