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Backporch theology – The Lost World of Genesis One

We have set a date for our upcoming discussion of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. (If you’re not in the Portland area, you’ll have to join us in spirit.) We’ll be meeting at Pat’s house again on Tuesday evening, July 27, at 7:00pm. If you’re planning on attending, please email Billy and let him know.

If you’ve read the book, great. If not, here are some resources that should help you get up to speed for the discussion.

John Walton on reading Genesis as an ancient text

To help whet your appetite for our upcoming book discussion of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One, here’s a BioLogos clip of Walton talking about why it is important for us to read Genesis as an ancient text and how this will help us discern the “temple” imagery in Genesis 1-2.

By the way, you should be hearing from Billy on the date, time, and location for that book discussion sometime in the next few days.

(HT Internet Monk)

Billy gave me some lame excuse about moving and not having internet access for a while. He said he’d log in with some responses as soon as he can.

N.T. Wright video on Adam and Eve

Last week I asked those of us who live in/around the Portland area to indicate if they’d rather discuss Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One or Wright’s After You Believe. The response was unanimous in favor of Walton’s book. So, we’ll set a date/time for that soon.

In anticipation of that meeting, I will occasionally post related resources that you might find interesting/helpful. Today PreacherMike pointed out this video from BioLogos in which N.T. Wright discusses what it means to read Genesis 1-3 as a literary work (rather than a literal one). He contends that that we should stop trying to “flatten” the text and instead should “read it for all it’s worth” – i.e. as both history and myth. Anything else is “to almost perversely avoid the real thrust of the narrative.” Wright also expresses appreciation for Walton’s understanding of Genesis 1 as the creation of God’s temple/abode.