Genesis 1-3: Science? History? Theology?
‘This clear, carefully reasoned lecture will be of great help to people wanting to think seriously about the relationship between Genesis 1—3 and current scientific ideas about cosmic and human origins.
If I had been able to read this when I was an undergraduate, I am sure it might have saved me about 15 years of thought and study before coming to much the same conclusions as those presented in this lecture!’
Rev. Dr Ernest C. Lucas, Bristol Baptist College, UK, and author of ‘Can we believe Genesis today?’, IVP, 2005.
‘In an area often charged with misconceptions and problems, John Thompson cuts through to the heart of the science-theology issues presented by the Genesis narrative. His clear exposition answers many of the questions thoughtful Christians feel guilty to raise that often go unanswered, while the literary approach to the text is both scholarly and evangelical. The assertion that Genesis 1—3 is neither history nor science but “sets forth in unmistakable terms certain great affirmations about God, humankind and the world” cannot be over-emphasised. This paper should be widely read by thoughtful Christians and consulted by every preacher who seeks to expound a proper biblical view of Creation. By so doing much divisive and unnecessary debate would be avoided.’
Allan J. Day, Emeritus Professor of Physiology, University of Melbourne.
‘At a time when an aggressive atheism is attacking the credibility of Christianity by reviving the old science versus religion controversy, the publication of this lecture on the first three chapters of Genesis is particularly timely. John Thompson’s perceptive and nuanced study of the literary forms in which the creation narratives are expressed shows that the profound and enduring theological truths which they convey are in no way threatened by scientific discoveries. What is critical is to understand the literary forms and the cultural milieu through which truth is revealed by God.’
Dr Keith Rayner AO, former Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia.
John Arthur Thompson was born in 1913 in Queensland, Australia. He studied science (completing a BSc and MSc) before going on to teach Phy