Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 4: Reworking Inerrancy

The third and final book of John Walton’s Lost World trilogy, The Lost World of Scripture (LWS), expands its scope from reading the first few chapters of Genesis to the whole Bible. Written together with New Testament (NT) specialist D. Brett Sandy, the book sets forth a more enlightened understanding of what biblical inerrancy should mean. There are … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 4: Reworking Inerrancy”

What Does Day-To-Day Work Have To Do With God?

(Originally written for YMI of Our Daily Bread Ministries. I have talked about the scientific aspects ACME experiment several times in this blog. This piece gives a few glimpses into the personal and especially spiritual side of the life of a graduate student on the experiment. It explains why I feel working on ACME to be … Continue reading “What Does Day-To-Day Work Have To Do With God?”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 3

It’s been a very busy last two weeks, such that while I finished Augustine’s The City of God on March 19, I’ve only had time now to reflect on my readings! But here we are. To recap, in our first post we went through the first ten chapters of CG, taking note of Augustine’s polemical strategies against Roman polytheism – … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 3”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 2

The first 10 books of The City of God was a polemic against Roman polytheistic religion. As we saw last week, Augustine rebuts and ridicules polytheistic religious practices and beliefs with a remarkable amount of efficacy, showing the incoherence of Roman religious myths if they were to be taken seriously, and the hopeless task the pagan philosophers had … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 2”

Augustine’s The City of God, Part 1

It’s been a very difficult and crazily busy last three weeks since I posted, but I managed to at least read 10 books (out of 22 total) of Augustine’s The City of God, which is slightly under half of it. Augustine himself adds a note at the end of Book X outlining the preceding books as Part I of … Continue reading “Augustine’s The City of God, Part 1”

Augustine: On Christian Doctrine

I went back to Augustine this week, starting with his shorter work, On Christian Doctrine (OCD), which is less than 150 pages, divided into four books. (The epic 1000-page City of God will be the next and last Augustine work we will cover in the GBWW, maybe after this one, or after finishing through Aristophanes or Euripedes.) OCD … Continue reading “Augustine: On Christian Doctrine”

The Confessions of Augustine

Augustine’s Confessions is what I would call truly establishing a genre – that of the personal narrative. Despite being written over a millennium and a half ago, it surprised me with its thoroughly modern candidness and accessibility. Augustine goes into lucid detail at many points, showing varied facets of his life and struggles which are no … Continue reading “The Confessions of Augustine”

Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 3: The Strange Case of Adam and Eve

In the previous post of this series, I talked about John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One (LWGO), where he argues for a new, innovative reading of Genesis christened the “cosmic temple inauguration” view. In this interpretation, the creation account of Genesis 1 is read as an account of functional creation rather than material creation, where God brings … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 3: The Strange Case of Adam and Eve”

Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 2: The Seven Days of Creation

We shall now begin proper with the review of Walton’s views of Genesis as delineated in his book The Lost World of Genesis One. Genesis 1 as a Functional Account of Origins Walton self-styles his views as the “cosmic temple inauguration view” (CTI), but its central piece is really the interpretation of Genesis 1 as an account … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 2: The Seven Days of Creation”

Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution

In the next post, I am going to talk about John Walton’s reading of Genesis, as expressed in his books The Lost World of Genesis One  and The Lost World of Adam and Eve. I plan to also read his The Lost World of Scripture at some point. Walton’s work has been heralded as a truly innovative, groundbreaking entry in the … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution”