Friday, September 17, 2010
In The Beginning...
Our first discussion was over the first creation story presented in Genesis. Yes, there are two (maybe you disagree).
In order for these post not to be several pages in length I am only going to briefly discuss some of the ideas brought up in our discussion and try not to go into much detail for hopefully there will be a need for more detail in the discussions that follow/
So one of the first topics that was brought up after reading through the chapter was about the interpretation of the text. Is Genesis 1 literal or non-literal? This is something that has come up in every chapter so far.
As I said earlier… there are many different opinions about the text at these discussions so there are some of us who take the account of creation as literal, claiming that the events of Genesis 1 give an accurate and somewhat historical account of how the world came into existence. However, there are also some of us that see the text as non-literal and more of an allegory rather than describing a factual event.
So many of our conversations have been centered on what to take from the text if it is literal and what to take from the text if it is not so literal and more of an allegorical story. (As we have seen, depending on which understanding of the text you have will affect the way you see other text and topics such as age of the earth and evolution and so on..)
So that’s where we will start. How do you read Genesis 1? Literal or non-literal and subsequently what do you get from the text? What is the point? What is the author(s) trying to say?
I encourage you all to contribute to the discussion, but I again want to stress that this is intended to be a SAFE place for everyone so lets be respectful with those you do not agree with.
Grace and Peace