The stories of Eve and Pandora are equated in this 1550 painting by Jean Cousin the Elder, Eva Prima Pandora (Eve the first Pandora). It features a naked woman reclining in a grotto. Her right elbow rests on a skull, indicating the bringing of death, and she holds an apple branch in that hand – … Continue reading Eve: the first Pandora
I find it interesting to explore the Genesis story of Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden from a Jungian perspective. I know Gnostics will have a different take on this, and indeed prefer alternative versions of the story, but here I present an orthodox Christian interpretation. The two trees in the garden of … Continue reading Genesis from a Jungian perspective
A common accusation made by critics against orthodox Christians is that Christians equate knowledge with sin. For example, in The Gnostic Bible, the editor Marvin Meyer writes of "the fundamental biblical notion that knowledge is sin." But is this notion as biblical as Gnostics assert? No, if fact such proclamations represent a fundamental misunderstanding of the … Continue reading Knowledge Is Not Sin
Hey, just thought of another interesting question. What about parasites - tapeworms, gut bacteria, leeches? If everything God created was good, what does their existence imply? Does it suggest a gap between our standards of goodness and God's? How do we explain their parasitic nature? Is this something that they acquired after the fall? If … Continue reading How do you square parasites with your understanding of the fall
Maybe you have never asked yourself this question, but then again, maybe you have. In any case it seems I thought some of you might find this question I was asked of interest: "I have a question that I feel exposes my stupidity on something I should know lol; but I have to ask this. … Continue reading Is animal death a consequence of original sin?
This painting of the primordial chaos by artist Judy Racz was inspired by the words of Genesis 1:1-2: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
So many people misunderstand the Two Trees in the Genesis story that I thought I would give it some mythological reworking, Lord of the Rings style, to illustrate the nature of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil more clearly for people who know movies well, but bibles not so much. For the fruit of the … Continue reading Adam and Eve tempted by the Ring of Sauron
What is the message of Genesis 1? Every human is beautiful Elsewhere you may hear a more elitist message. "He looks like a god." "She looks like a goddess." They stand apart. In ancient times, emperors were acclaimed this way. In these times it is models and entertainers. But counter to this, Genesis says, … Continue reading What does Genesis 1 say?
Genesis remixed - The history the world Begins with The Word.
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Yesterday my son was rapt with a new book on dinosaurs. It was nice and thick and full of obscure dinosaur names that even I find difficult to pronounce. Takes me back to when I was a young boy. But because of that, I know questions about dinosaurs and God aren't too far away. Sooner … Continue reading Dinosaurs before the fall
Some weeks back I stumbled upon an Aboriginal Art collection at a Catholic conference centre in MacKillop Drive, Crestwood, in western Sydney. It was a beautiful series of images depicting the six days of creation and the sabbath by Paul Conway, an Aboriginal artist living in Queensland. This painting illustrates the filling of the seas with living … Continue reading Christian Art: Aboriginal Genesis