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Reading Genesis after Darwin$
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Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.001.0001

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What Difference Did Darwin Make?

What Difference Did Darwin Make?

The Interpretation of Genesis in the Nineteenth Century

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Reading Genesis after Darwin

John Rogerson

Oxford University Press

Darwin's On the Origin of Species made much less of an impact on the interpretation of Genesis than might have been expected. This was largely because geological discoveries and their implications for the age of the world, the antiquity of the human race, and the biblical story of a universal flood preoccupied biblical scholars for much of the nineteenth century, from the 1820s to the end of the century. This chapter illustrates the diversity of the interpretations of Genesis during this period, one in which even the defenders of the accuracy of Genesis against science were by no means agreed on how to handle the biblical material.

Keywords:   Genesis, Sir Charles Lyell, geology, F. Delitzsch, Pentateuch, F. D. Maurice, Moses Kalisch, Christopher Wordsworth, S. R. Driver, J. W. Colenso, creative design

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