Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Tale of Two Cities: The Tower of Babel and the City of God, part I

Genesis 4-11 recounts the story of emerging human civilization, and especially the emergence of cities. Humans were not created to be loners, as God said in the garden: it is not good for man to be aloneā€ (Gen 2:18), and … Continue reading

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Temptation, Sin, and Our Humanity

The other day I was reading a fellow scholar’s blog and what I read there concerned me.1 The writer was taking a taxi through a run-down section San Francisco at about 12 noon and he saw some people staggering out … Continue reading

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Sons of God, Ageless, Radiant, Wise, Beautiful and Drenched with Joy

I copied this C.S. Lewis quotation from Dane Ortlund’s blog on Blogger (Oct 6, 2012). Lewis points us beyond mere “moral” rabbits we think we are, to who we truly have become in Christ, if we have eyes to see … Continue reading

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The Flood: the Unmaking and Re-making of Creation

By Genesis 6, the evil of humanity had become so great that every inclination of the human heart was only evil all the time (6:5). Human society had descended to such depths of selfish disregard of others, lawlessness, and violence … Continue reading

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The Story of Cain and Abel

The stories of Genesis 4-11 show how the sin spread like a cancer throughout the human race and how the problem became worse and worse with each generation. Adam and Eve disobeyed a single command not to eat a piece … Continue reading

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Genesis 4-11: Factual History or Historical Legend?

Before I begin discussing the stories of Gen 4-11, I need to address what type of literature they are, and whether they constitute factual history, or something else. I realize I will probably step on some fundamentalist toes here, but … Continue reading

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The Curse and the Promise: The Consequences of the Fall

As we have seen, the serpent clouded the mind of Eve with confusion and doubt, which led her to distrust the word of God and believe in the reality that Satan was weaving before her eyes. But even then she … Continue reading

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