Review: The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton

October 16, 2012 in Books · 0 comments

Walton, John H. (2009). The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins DebateDowners Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Walton lays out his reading of Genesis 1 in a clear and accessible manner, arguing persuasively that Genesis 1 is a functional, rather than a material, account of creation that describes the inauguration of a cosmic temple. He also discusses how this reading impacts the creation vs. evolution debate, the ongoing conflict of faith vs. science, the intelligent design movement and public science education. Walton is acutely aware of the variety of Christian beliefs on these topics and discusses them with sensitivity. This book stands in stark contrast to the naïve Biblicism of Kurt Wise’s Faith, Form and Time; Walton’s exegesis is the antidote to Young Earth Creationist claims to a “literal” reading of Genesis. The Lost World of Genesis One should be required reading for every Christian.

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