Re: Don't forget about me! (distal vs. proximate)

Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 07:01:36 EDT

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    In a message dated 4/17/01 10:43:20 AM, writes:

    << I presume that you did not intend to suggest that I count the early
    of Genesis as lightweight fluff. Nonetheless, that's the impression this
    comment conveys.

    The fact is that I give the biblical creation narratives a great deal of
    weight, not as cryptic chronicles of what-happened-and-when in the
    Creation's formational history, but as confessions that God is the One and
    Only Creator that has given being to the entire universe; that nothing
    visible on/in/above the earth is a god to be feared/placated; that we are
    creatures privileged to have the capacity for self-awareness and
    God-awareness; that we are accountable for what we do and say.............
    The list goes on. >>

    No, I didn't mean to depict your view of Genesis as "fluff," and I am sorry
    that my words may have conveyed that.__What you say about it is true,
    (although_how you get "that we are creatures privileged to have the capacity
    for self-awareness and God-awareness" out of Genesis is a bit of a stretch).
    In my view, however, what you have said is insufficient. To reject any hints
    of what may be inferred from it about the process of creation seems to me to
    be rather arbitrary since the first chapters of Genesis are about beginnings.
     But since I am no OT scholar by any measure, I am content to let the
    discussion rest here.

    Best to you,


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