without: he can also create from within, and development is as much a part of creation as is the origination of the elements. For further discussion of man?s origin, see section on Man a Creation of God, in our treatment of Anthropology.
2. Its proper interpretation.
We adopt neither
(a) the allegorical, or mythical,
(b) the hyper-literal nor
(c) the hyper-scientific interpretation of the Mosaic narrative but rather
(d) the pictorial summary interpretation, which holds that the account is a rough sketch of the history of creation, true in all its essential features, but presented in a graphic form suited to the common mind and to earlier as well as to later ages. While conveying to primitive man as accurate an idea of God?s work as man was able to comprehend, the revelation was yet given in pregnant language, so that it could expand to all the ascertained results of subsequent physical research. This general correspondence of the narrative with the teachings of science, and its power to adapt itself to every advance in human knowledge, differences it from every other cosmogony current among men.
(a) The allegorical or mythical interpretation represents the Mosaic account as embodying, like the Indian and Greek cosmogonies, the poetic speculations of an early race as to the origin of the present system. We object to this interpretation upon the ground that the narrative of creation is inseparably connected with the succeeding history, and is therefore most naturally regarded as itself historical. This connection of the narrative of creation with the subsequent history, moreover, prevents us from believing it to be the description of a vision granted to Moses. It is more probably the record of an original revelation to the first man, handed down to Moses? time, and used by Moses as a proper introduction to his history.
We object also to the view of some higher critics that the book of Genesis contains two inconsistent stories. Marcus Dods, Book of Genesis, 2 ? ?The compiler of this book? lays side by side two accounts of man?s creation which no ingenuity can reconcile.? Charles A. Briggs: ?The doctrine of creation in Genesis 1 is altogether different from that taught in Genesis 2.? W. N. Clarke. Christian Theology, 199-201 ? ?It has been commonly assumed that the two are parallel, and tell one and the same story but examination shows that this is not the case. We have here the
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