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I picked up Francis Collins' much-publicized 2006 book "The Language of God" on New Year's Day in New York City.

His first 2 chapters are basically a homage to C.S. Lewis. He reviews and reaffirms the arguments that this elder statesmen of apologetics put down in writing. I skimmed through chapters 3 - 5 because they are Biology 101 for your average football-crazed math-phobic American.

So I jumped straight to chapter 10, where Collins outlines how theistic evolution harmonizes both evolution and the Bible. His quote from Lewis' "The Problem of Pain" is highly compelling:

     For long centuries, God perfected the animal form which was to become the vehicle of humanity and the image of Himself. He gave it hands whose thumb could be applied to each of the fingers, and jaws and teeth and throat capable of articulation, and a brain suffciently complex to execute all of the material motions whereby rational thought is incarnated. The creature may have been clever enough to make things which a modern archeologist would accept as proof of its humanity. But it was only an animal because all its physical and psychical processes were directed to purely material and natural ends.

     Then, in the fullness of time, God caused to descend upon this organism, both on its psychology and physiology, a new kind of consciousness which could say "I" and "me", which could look upon itself as an object, which knew God, which could make judgements of truth, beauty and goodness, and which was so far above time it could perceive time flowing past... We do not know how many of these creatures God made, nor how long they continued in the Paradisal state. But sooner or later they fell. Someone or something whispered that they could become as gods... We have no idea in what particular act, or series of acts, the self-contradictory, impossible wish found expression... it might have concerned the literal eating of a fruit, but the question is of no consequence.


To be honest, I've never really struggled with the implications of reading Genesis 3 allegorically. Does this mean the Bible's (gasp) been wrong all this while?


But if verses from Psalms and Ecclesiastes were once used to falsely uphold a geocentric astronomy against Galileo's heliocentric one, maybe it's not the Bible that's wrong. It's just the way I've read it all this while that needs changing.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:21:00 am

How might you read Gen 2:7 figuratively? "...then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature"

What is the scientific reality underlying the rhetorical use of allegory as a literary form in Genesis? BioLogos is laudable as a means for grappling with science and Genesis, but I don't think that "Evolution is God's way of giving upgrades".    



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