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  1. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate - eBookeBOOK
    The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate - eBook
    John H. Walton
    IVP Academic / 2010 / ePub
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  1. Tim McNinch
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 17, 2009
    Tim McNinch
    With this concise study, John Walton (professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College) has delivered a significant contribution to the ongoing conversation at the intersection of faith and science. Drawing upon the insights offered by ancient Near Eastern cultural and literary studies, he proposes that the creation account found in Genesis 1 is not a depiction of material origins at all. If his thesis is correct, John Walton has highlighted an important missing link in the often stalemated debate over origins.Walton attempts to demonstrate that the literary and cultural context of Genesis 1 reveals it to be concerned with how the world functions, rather than where and when stuff of the world came to be; that is, Genesis 1 is presents a "functional ontology" over against a "material ontology". Walton attributes the common misreading of Genesis 1 as material ontology to simple anachronism. We in the modern West have difficulty reading it as anything other than an account of material origins because we live in an ontologically materialistic era. So we unintentionally read our own ontology into the text. The author and audience of Genesis 1 had an entirely different view of the world, a world that Walton exposes to the popular reader.The Lost World of Genesis One is published under InterVarsity's Academic imprint, and I am anxious to see how John Waltons propositions are received by the academic community. At the same time, this volume is absolutely accessible to any thoughtful reader. Walton speaks to the popular reader, defining new vocabulary and using helpful analogies to clarify complex points. His introduction alone, explaining the necessity of contextualizing our exegesis of Scripture, is worth the price of the book for the student or teacher of the Bible. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wrestles with the Creation/Evolution controversy, and label it a "must read" for any Christian student of the natural sciences.
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