Monday, February 04, 2013

Author Interview: Johnny V. Miller

Today's interview is with Johnny V. Miller, professor emeritus at Columbia International University and co-author with John M. Soden of the book In the Beginning... We Misunderstood: Interpreting Genesis 1 in Its Original Context. He talks about the goal and motive behind the book, the most important question to ask when approaching any passage of scripture, the concordist view and possible troublesome approaches to scripture, the original readers of Genesis 1 and their cultural context, the cosmogony of the Egyptians, similarities and differences between creation stories, the goal of the Biblical creation account, the historicity of Genesis, objections to the thesis, his own journey on issues of the age of the earth debate, apologetics implications, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (xx min)

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Ex N1hilo said...

The idea that there is a polemical thrust to the early chapters of Genesis is not new. And it is not controversial. But how do we get from "this text is a polemical work against idolatry" to "this text is not, therefore, historical"? That's a tremendous leap. It ought to be established from the text of Scripture itself and sound reason rather than merely assumed.

Is not our God able to direct creation and subsequent history in such a way as to provide answers to later false religious notions? Yes; He is able to provide answers even to those false religious notions that would arise in our day as so-called science, philosophy, and history.

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