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Lean Not On Your Own Understanding: The Fear of Thinking in Fundamentalism

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Purpose and navigation

This is a place for civil discussion by Christadelphians of the doctrine and science of Genesis 1 and God’s creative work.  Why?  Because as a community we need to accommodate a range of opinions while being true to God’s Word so we don’t cause others to stumble.

Navigation – In addition to tags, the pages capture the posts relevant to various subjects with an index/links to relevant posts in a semi-logical order.

Gen 1-4

Common objections and answers

Comments on Rom 5-8

Some history – statements from the past which contradict mainstream views

Facts – some basic science which demonstrates why Gen 1-3 literalists need to rethink

Fellowship statements and Magazines

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Conclusion from Genesis 1-4

Genesis 1 is a wonderful and exciting part of Scripture but its interpretation is complex.  I suggest there is evidence from within the passage and on the basis of simple knowledge of God’s works to interpret it as something other than literal history.  A minority of early Christadelphians shared this position.

Many of the passages considered in Genesis 2-3 are presented as being hostile to EC.  However, on examination, they are neutral – they neither support nor rule out the doctrinal preconditions which would allow some level of evolution as a tool in the hand of God.  As to the common proposition that Adam was amortal prior to the Fall and experienced a change in nature, the evidence is strongly to the contrary within Genesis.

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Background and purpose of this blog

Cradle Mountain Tasmania 26 December 2009.  It was cold and the park was nearly empty when our little family arrived early in the morning as part of a two-week caravanning holiday.  When we went on a ranger led walk we were by ourselves.  The ranger was very chatty and informative, he pointed out the wide range of species unique to Tasmania and the local area, noting the linkages but differences to mainland species which was consistent with the geological evidence for the splitting of Tasmania off from mainland Australian 10,000 years ago.  Looking around at the beautiful scene it was obvious that firstly his explanation of the facts (right or wrong) contradicted my understanding of creation and secondly that my understanding of creation didn’t match the evident facts.  Not one to leave questions and challenges unanswered, I had to look harder at the subject.  Initially, my faith was highly destabilised by the contradiction of my understanding of God’s Word in relation to Creation and my understanding of the physical evidence for what God had done.  In my words, what I understood God said to be saying and the fingerprints of what He apparently did appeared to conflict.  Continue reading

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