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Creation in Six Days: A Defense of the Traditional Reading of Genesis One Paperback – December 6, 1999
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As the book's title makes clear, Jordan doesn't think such approaches -- that pit the literary features of Genesis 1 against the plain historical and narrative sense of the text -- are viable. Rather, he thinks the people of God have been correct all along (i.e., for the past 3,000 years) in interpreting Genesis 1 as referring to the creation of the entire universe in six consecutive 24-hour days. He covers all the theories contrary to the traditional reading that are currently popular among Evangelicals and shows how none of them stand up to close scrutiny.Read more ›
One of the most innovative and profound insights in the book is his point that the "framework hypothesis" and all the others drive a wedge between reality and literature. They assume that because Genesis is written in a literary pattern that it is therefore not historical. Jordan points out (correctly) that this is a subtle form of gnosticism, the hatred of the physical reality and the love of the ethereal. He then defends the creation account by pointing out the symbolism and narrative patterns, and shows how the God of the Bible is the sort of God who arranges history to run in symbolic patterns for us to find. Thus, he walks the narrow road between historical account (which we arrogant moderns assume has no literary or symbolic dimension) and literature (which we arrogant moderns assume has no historical or "true" dimension).
Simply a fantastic book. He is no fundamentalist, taking everything in a woodenly literal sense, something that I have found many creationists fall into. Instead, he shows the only perspective that does justice to history and to literature is the traditional, six-day creationist position.
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I have read only parts of this book and am not qualified to comment on it as a whole. However, the tite, which I have read, is quite inaccurate and misleading which causes me to... Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by Mark Schmittle
Not really a very good book. I've read it 2x now, and it's even worse the second time than the first. Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by M. Morgan