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Reading Genesis after Darwin$
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Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.001.0001

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The Six Days of Creation According to the Greek Fathers

The Six Days of Creation According to the Greek Fathers

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(p.39) 3 The Six Days of Creation According to the Greek Fathers
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Reading Genesis after Darwin
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Andrew Louth (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0003

This chapter shows what may be learned for readers of Genesis after Darwin by attending to the profound—often strange—ways in which Genesis was read long before Darwin, particularly by Greek-speaking Christians and Jews of the early centuries of the Common Era. Observing that the six days of creation (the Hexaemeron) provided a recurring focus for theological reflection, the suggestion is made that the fathers offer an understanding of the cosmos that is of abiding relevance. Characteristics of this understanding are a resistance to a deterministic account of the cosmos, attention to wonder at creation as God's gift, humility as the appropriate moral corollary, and a conviction of the wholeness and interconnectedness of all created things.

Keywords:   Genesis, creation, Hexaemeron, Theophilos of Antioch, Basil the Great, Plato, cosmos, humility

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