Tag Archives: Craig D. Allert

The Eighth Day

In Chapter 6 of Early Christian Readings of Genesis One Craig Allert turns to readings of the days of Genesis in the early Church Fathers. He looks at three writers, Theophilus of Antioch (ca. 120-185 exact dates uncertain), Ephrem the … Continue reading

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Ex Nihilo!

In Chapter 5 of Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins John Walton argued at length that in the opening chapter of Genesis God is ordering the cosmos and creating sacred space. It does not describe creation ex nihilo – out of … Continue reading

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Only the Literal Meaning?

Craig Allert is leading us through a careful consideration of the early church fathers and their interpretation of Genesis One. The most important guidelines are to (1) read the writings in their context and (2) avoid the temptation to proof-text. … Continue reading

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One Story From Genesis to Revelation

What governed the interpretation of Scripture in the early church? Hint: it was both the same as and quite different from our approach today. Neither the New Testament authors or the early church fathers practices historical criticism or the grammatical-historical … Continue reading

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How to Read?

How should we interpret Scripture? What are the principles we apply when we seek to understand the message of the Bible and apply it to our lives? We looked last week at how not to read, but how then are … Continue reading

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How Not to Read

Last summer I started reading a new book by Craig Allert, Early Christian Readings of Genesis One. The first chapter and post, Why Care?, focused the value of reading the early church fathers and addressed the question of why we … Continue reading

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Why Care?

Why should we care about the church fathers? After all, they lived a long time ago; they weren’t inspired; they had limited knowledge and perspective when it came to ancient history. Craig Allert, in his new book Early Christian Readings … Continue reading

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