Monday, 22 July 2013

Reading Genesis through Ancient Eyes

Special creationists and the New Atheists are far closer to each other than they would care to realise in how they approach the creation narratives. Creationists reject mainstream science because it contradicts a literal reading of Genesis 1-2. Conversely, the New Atheists dismiss the Bible because they know that a literal reading of the creation narratives is unsustainable given what we know about biology, astronomy and geology. In both cases, the New Atheists and the special creationists have demonstrated their abysmal understanding of contemporary OT scholarship which shows that such a naive common-sense reading of the narratives was alien to the original readers of the creation narratives.

I have said it many times, and will continue to say it: the only way to understand the creation narratives is to read them through ancient Near Eastern eyes: