What do Creation Stories do in the Bible?

A good balance on stories other than Genesis. It emphasises the poetry of wonder

Faith and Wisdom in Science

Earthrise captured by the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.
Earthrise captured by the Apollo 8 mission in December 1968.

One of the central themes of Faith and Wisdom in Scienceis the rich seam of creation-story material in every genre of Biblical literature, yet the strange paradox that, apart from some notable exceptions, this is largely ignored in the mainstream science/religion discussion.  As a further damaging consequence, when that debate ever resumes its close Mercurial orbit around the well-trodden turf of Genesis 1 and 2, interpretation of those texts become distorted without the foundation of creation story material in Psalms, Prophets and supremely the Wisdom books.  Since I claim that all this material is fundamental to answering a theological question about what science is for, as an essential prelude to how we govern and use science in our time, a close study of the whole Biblical picture of our relationship with nature assumes supreme importance in the church today.

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