Hello dear readers! I have a few links for you to browse at your leisure that I think will be greatly enjoyable. Let me know what you think, and be sure to tell the authors you enjoyed them! We’re doing an owl post edition because when I woke up this morning it was -12 degrees Fahrenheit, sans wind chill. Gotta love it.
Geoscriptures: Psalm 90:4- God’s days are not the same as our days– Often, those who are not young earth creationists cite Psalm 90:4 as support for their position, but they do so without exegeting the passage much if at all. Here is a more extended look at the passage and its impact on the age of the earth debate.
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (Comic)- Moralist-whatsit? Check out this brief overview of this rival to Christian theism that is rampant in our world today.
Miracles– Tim McGrew has written an excellent look at and overview of thought on miracles. It’s well worth a look-over and bookmark for later reference.
Predictable Christmas Fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible– Daniel Wallace, a major scholar in areas related to the New Testament and manuscripts thereof, reflects on and answers the ridiculous article in Newsweek on the Bible.
What Geocentrist did hardly counts as exegesis. He doesn’t even bother to look at the Hebrew term translated “but as” or “like”. In other words, we know the “yesterday” or the day in Psalm 90:4 is figurative because the text specifies that in the Hebrew (and is reflected in the translation he uses). Where does the text in Genesis specify that? Do we find the same Hebrew construction (כְּ) in Genesis 1?
His “exegesis” of Psalm 90:4 amounts to this: the word yom is used in both places, Moses authored both texts, and both texts refer to physical reality. His other numbered points aren’t relevant to an exegesis of Psalm 90:4 or Genesis 1. If this “exegesis” of Psalm 90:4 is supposed to give us the “freedom to interpret” Genesis 1 in a non-literal fashion, then please notice that it gives us freedom to interpret ANY mention of yom in the pentateuch in a non-literal fashion, for every instance of yom in the Pentateuch has these same characteristics. Does anyone honestly think he’s accomplished that?
If you want to argue that the days in Genesis 1 are non-literal then what you need to do is exegete Genesis 1… not Psa. 90:4.
P.S. Speaking of arguments that OEC need to flesh out, how about the idea that the fact that God was the only witness to days 1-5 (and how much of day 6?) is supposed to somehow be supportive for a non-literal reading?
I love the Moral Therapeutic Theism link!