Some have rightly suggested that I not build an entire theology based on Genesis. How well I know that. I’m a former YEC (young earth creationist). If you’ve been following since the beginning of this blog you know that. But if you’re a recent reader you might not have read Evolution of Adam. My previous belief about Genesis was that it was intended to be a literal reading. There are a handful of verses in the New Testament that lend to that thinking. But I do know all too well how detrimental building an entire theology based on that presupposition can be.
As I began to question certain things about my faith I looked into evolution vs. creationism. What I discovered astounded me. I’m not certain if it was the beginning of the demise of my faith or the final straw. What did happen is that I pretty much turned on a dime from a YEC to an evolutionist. And having built my entire theology on creationism and the fall of man that created humongous problems for my faith. Things which I am now trying to answer.
I’m trying to determine if there is anything to Christianity or if it is just one religion among many – one no more true or valid than another. I’m trying to see where Genesis now fits with any theology I might have. There are so many opinions out there just as there are about the historicity of Christ and the resurrection. Genesis can be viewed as allegory, literally, liturgy, partially mythological, purely mythological. Each interpretation has it’s own set of problems.
What I’d like to know, and there is absolutely no way to find out, is what did it’s writer intend? Moses isn’t around to ask. So the best we can to is guess at what his intent was. Is the allegorical view just a way to manipulate what the text says since science doesn’t fit that? How did the Jewish people view Genesis from it’s first telling until science proved it wasn’t literally true? I’m looking at it’s background and, yes, fixating on and picking it apart. I appreciate the suggestions and ideas that have been presented through the comments. They’ve been very helpful and given me a lot to think about.