The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Hardcover | April 1, 2010

byWilliam P. Brown

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In the ongoing clash between scientists and fundamentalists, many people of faith feel that they are forced to choose between evolution and the Bible's story of creation. But as William Brown asks in this stimulating volume, which biblical creation story are we talking about? Indeed, Brownidentifies seven different biblical perspectives on creation, and shows how a close reading of the biblical texts brings them to light. As he does so, Brown highlights both the connections and the conflicts between the ancient creation traditions and the natural sciences, arguing for a new way ofreading the Bible in the light of current scientific knowledge and with a sensitivity to the needs of the environment. Brown argues that, ideally, both scientific inquiry and theological reflection are driven by a sense of wonder that, in his words, "unites the scientist and the psalmist." Brown'sown wonder at the beauty and complexity of the created world is evident throughout this intelligent, well-written, and inspirational book.

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In the ongoing clash between scientists and fundamentalists, many people of faith feel that they are forced to choose between evolution and the Bible's story of creation. But as William Brown asks in this stimulating volume, which biblical creation story are we talking about? Indeed, Brownidentifies seven different biblical perspective...

William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of several books and numerous articles on the Bible and its interpretation.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199730792

ISBN - 13:9780199730797

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceAbbreviations1. Introduction: From Wonder to Wisdom2. Revolution and Evolution: Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds to Creation3. The Cosmic Temple: Cosmogony According to Genesis 1:1-2:4a4. The Ground of Being: The Drama of Dirt in Genesis 2:4b-3:245. Behemoth and the Beagle: Creation According to Job 38-416. The Passion of the Creator: The Manifold Nature of Nature in Psalm 1047. Wisdom's World: Cosmos as Playhouse in Proverbs 8:22-318. The Dying Cosmos: Qoheleth's Misanthropic Principle9. The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Emergence of New Creation in Isaiah10. The God Allusion: Creation as Consciousness-RaiserBibliographyIndex