Truth and history

Lee Dunbar (leedunbar@rica.net)
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 17:45:50 -0500 (EST)

In recent correspondence with an English author reference was made to the
early chapters of Genesis as "mythical... truth conveyed in story". I had
come prety much to the same conclusion as a result of reading Blocher "In
the Beginning" and similar works but the concept leaves me uneasy in one
particular. If I read Aesop on tortoises and hares I am reminded that the
race is not always to the swift and that steady diligence pays off and truth
has been conveyed in the story. My difficulty is that Aesop has no
connection with history, whereas early Genesis sounds like history and flows
imperceptibly into more obvious history with the genealogies in chapter 12.
I am grateful that my faith and my salvation are not dependent on my
view of Genesis, but there are enough linkages (fall of man, original sin,
references to the flood) to make neat structuring and pigeon-holing
impossible for me. Are there any others with similar burrs beneath their
saddle blankets?
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