Reading Genesis after Darwin

Paperback | November 25, 2009

EditorStephen C. Barton, David Wilkinson

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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species has changed the landscape of religious thought in many ways. There is a widespread assumption that before Darwin, all Christians believed that the world was created some 6,000 years ago over a period of 6 days. After Darwin, the first chapters ofGenesis were either rejected totally by skeptics or defended vehemently in scientific creationism. This book tells a very different story. Bringing together contributions from biblical scholars, historians and contemporary theologians, it is demonstrated that both Jewish and Christian scholarsread Genesis in a non-literal way long before Darwin. Even during the nineteenth century, there was a wide range of responses from religious believers towards evolution, many of them very positive. Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson argue that being receptive to the continuing relevance ofGenesis today regarding questions of gender, cosmology, and the environment is a lively option.

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Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species has changed the landscape of religious thought in many ways. There is a widespread assumption that before Darwin, all Christians believed that the world was created some 6,000 years ago over a period of 6 days. After Darwin, the first chapters ofGenesis were either rejected totally by skeptic...

Stephen C. Barton is Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. David Wilkinson is Principal of St. John's College at Durham University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:November 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson: IntroductionPart 1: Engaging Again With The Scriptures1. Walter Moberly: 'How Should One Read The Early Chapters Of Genesis?'2. Francis Watson: 'Genesis Before Darwin: Why Scripture Needed Liberating From Science'3. Andrew Louth: 'The Six Days Of Creation According To The Greek Fathers'4. Richard S. Briggs: 'The Hermeneutics Of Reading Genesis After Darwin'Part 2: Understanding The History5. John Rogerson: 'What Difference Did Darwin Make? The Interpretation Of Genesis In The Nineteenth Century'6. The Scientists: Dissonance Among The Harmonizers': 'Genesis And The Scientists: Dissonance Among The Harmonizers'7. David Brown: 'Science And Religion In Nineteenth And Twentieth Century Landscape Art'Part 3: Exploring The Contemporary Relevance8. David Wilkinson: 'Reading Genesis 1-3 In The Light Of Modern Science'9. David Clough: 'All God's Creatures: Reading Genesis On Human And Non-Human Animals'10. Jeff Astley: 'Evolution And Evil: The Difference Darwin Makes In Theology And Spirituality'11. Stephen C. Barton: 'Male And Female He Created Themnull (Genesis 1:27): Interpreting Gender After Darwin'12. Ellen F. Davis: 'Propriety And Trespass: The Drama Of Eating'13. Mathew Guest: 'The Plausibility Of Creationism: A Sociological Comment'Index of Modern Authors