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In The Beginning

The creation story of Genesis 1–2 is primarily a theological story, not a scientific one. The book seeks to answer the question, “Who created the world?” and not “How was everything created?” Winn Griffin illustrates this point when he states, “The beginning stories in Genesis were not written to handle the issues that were raised by twentieth and twenty-first-century science. It was told and written by an ancient to handle the issues of his own day. As an example, the ancient worldview believed that humankind was simply an afterthought that the gods were not happy about. In contrast to this ancient belief, the storyteller of the creation narrative asserts that humankind, male and female, was the goal of God’s creation. The ancient storyteller of Genesis 1 goes about deconstructing the polytheistic belief system and replacing it with a monotheistic one. It is our task as modern readers to concentrate on the scene into which this bit of storytelling came and not waste time trying to solve some scientific issue that is foreign to the purpose of the story.”

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