Genesis 1-2: Dead And Best Left Buried?
by Philip Jones
Every person on this planet possesses what theologians call a 'worldview’. A worldview is a story which explains who we are, how we got here, and why we are here. Worldviews are derived from a number of sources, including the views of others, science teaching, religious beliefs and even personal preferences. Worldviews are very important, as they help us make sense of the world around us. However, not all worldviews are equally useful — a good worldview can guide us towards the truth, but a bad one can lead us astray.
The traditional Christian worldview is based on the story of origins contained in the book of Genesis (Genesis means 'beginnings'). Genesis chapters 1-2 tells us not only who we are, how we got here and why we are here, but also what is wrong with us and how we got into this mess. This worldview teaches that mankind, the earth and the universe in which we live, were created quickly and recently by God from nothing...