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
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 … 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
One of the best books I have ever read on Genesis 1 is "The Liberating Image" by J. Richard Middleton. With that in mind I would highly recommend this short synopsis of the book, "The Liberating Image? Interpreting the Imago Dei in Context" as a bit of a taste test.
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.
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