A Note on the Importance of "Adam and Eve"
Under "Creation, we link a variety of viewpoints which show the wrestling that people have done to understand the Genesis account. While we might take issue with the conceit of the human mind that it should be able to understand creation, there is no denying the difficulty of the Biblical accounts
(Genesis 1 and Genesis 2).
So should we concern ourselves?
A theologian remarked that when the Bible is being translated, "the concepts which most stubbornly resist translation" into the new language are precisely those which are most important to understand. Perhaps the same may be said of translating Genesis into "modern" understandings. The Adam-and-Eve narrative sets forth a theological basic which America, as a national community, does not acknowledge -- that human beings, as we now find them, are inherently sinners, needing more than just a place to go when they die. The Atonement by Christ Jesus is incomprehensible without this understanding. Cornelius Plantinga Jr. has written a book
Not the Way It
Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin
to discuss the "fallen-ness" of present humanity, working to show how this concept actually is mirrored compellingly in the world we see. (ISBN 0-85111-438-5, (c) 1995).
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