Cesar Baldelomar wrote an article on the Sojourners website, and he thinks that:
Scientific data did not exist when the Hebrew scriptures were written, so Genesis was not meant to be read literally as an historical or scientific account of the world’s and humanity’s origins. Rather, the authors of Genesis 1 and 2 were trying to express through poetry the beauty of God’s creation.
OK, let’s take a step back from that, and compare it against Doug Phillips and his clearer reading of the text:
Jesus said “thus saith the scripture“; “as it is written“…
By the way, Genesis 1:1 is absolutely incredible. You get the beginning of the time-space-matter continuum…in fact God created [the] time-space matter continuum in three dimensions, and he tells us that in Genesis 1:1—
“In the beginning” – that’s time;
“God created the heavens” – space;
“And the earth” – matter.
Time, space, matter: boom, there you go.
There’s your science lesson, right there, Genesis chapter 1:1.
- Baldelomar, C. (2009). Taking the Bible Seriously, But Not Always Literally. Sojourners. Available https://sojo.net/articles/taking-bible-seriously-not-always-literally. Last accessed 20th Jul 2020.
- Phillips, D. (2007). How to Think Like a Christian [CD]. Vision Forum, San Antonio.