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The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate
     

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

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by John H. Walton
 

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ISBN-10: 0830837043

ISBN-13: 9780830837045

Pub. Date: 05/22/2009

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay

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In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton's thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830837045
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
05/22/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
199,025
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction
Proposition 1: Genesis One Is Ancient Cosmology
Proposition 2: Ancient Cosmology Is Function Oriented
Proposition 3: "Create" (Hebrew bara') Concerns Functions
Proposition 4: The Beginning State in Genesis One is Non-Functional
Proposition 5: Days One Through Three in Genesis 1 Establish Functions
Proposition 6: Days Four Through Six in Genesis 1 Install Functionaries
Proposition 7: Divine Rest Is In a Temple
Proposition 8: The Cosmos Is a Temple
Proposition 9: The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Relate to the Cosmic Temple Inauguration
Proposition 10: The Seven Days of Genesis 1 Do Not Concern Material Origins
Proposition 11: "Functional Cosmic Temple" Offers Face-Value Exegesis
Proposition 12: Other Theories of Genesis 1 Either Go Too Far or Not Far Enough
Proposition 13: The Difference Between Origin Accounts in Science and Scripture is Metaphysical in Nature
Proposition 14: God's Roles as Creator and Sustainer are Less Different Than We Have Thought
Proposition 15: Current Debate About Intelligent Design Ultimately Concerns Purpose
Proposition 16: Scientifice Explanations of Origins Can Be Veiwed in Light of Purpose, and If So, Are Unobjectionable
Proposition 17: Resulting Theology in This View of Genesis 1 Is Stronger, Not Weaker
Proposition 18: Public Science Education Should Be Neutral Regarding Purpose
Summary and Conclusions
FAQs
Notes
Index

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The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kikilouise42 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a new and different perspective on "what is creation?" The topic is fascinating and I enjoyed learning a new perspective. The book is written by a professor who assumes the reader has knowledge and a good understanding of various creation theories. The text is pretty complex, heady, dense, and intellectual. It might be good to have a dictionary handy. I certainly would recommend this book to anyone who wants to consider a new angle on creation (and is open to considering something different). But be ready to engage in an intellectual exercise.