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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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Reading Genesis 1–3 in the Light of Modern Science

Reading Genesis 1–3 in the Light of Modern Science

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Reading Genesis after Darwin

David Wilkinson (Contributor Webpage)

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The first chapters of Genesis have been enrolled into scientific creationism by some Christian groups or completely rejected by some scientists for their lack of relevance to the concerns of scientific cosmology. Yet the theological themes of the origin of the universe, the observed order of nature, the question of human significance, and the experience of awe which leads to worship go beyond a biblical literalism and find significant resonances in the questions raised by modern science. This chapter explores such themes in the relationship of the biblical text and modern science. It further suggests that the battles of the Darwinian controversies may free us for a deeper and more authentic dialogue between the text of Genesis and the discoveries of evolutionary cosmology and biology.

Keywords:   Genesis, creationism, scientific cosmology, Darwinian controversies, origin of universe, order of nature,human significance, awe

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