Month: October 2014

It takes a liberal

It takes a liberal to state it plainly: one must deny the clear meaning of the Genesis text in order to deny a fairly recent creation in six solar days and to deny that there was a global flood on the earth:

higher criticism & Charlie BrownProbably, so far as l know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1-11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience (b) the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story (c) Noah’s flood was understood to be world-wide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark. Or, to put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the ‘days’ of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know.” Professor James Barr, (1984) former Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford.