The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

ISBN : 9780199730797

William P. Brown
352 Pages
163 x 242 mm
Pub date
Mar 2010
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In the ongoing clash between scientists and fundamentalists, many people of faith feel that they are forced to choose between evolution and the Bible's story of creation. But as William Brown asks in this stimulating volume, which biblical creation story are we talking about? Indeed, Brown identifies seven different biblical perspectives on creation, and shows how a close reading of the biblical texts brings them to light. As he does so, Brown highlights both the connections and the conflicts between the ancient creation traditions and the natural sciences, arguing for a new way of reading the Bible in the light of current scientific knowledge and with a sensitivity to the needs of the environment. Brown argues that, ideally, both scientific inquiry and theological reflection are driven by a sense of wonder that, in his words, "unites the scientist and the psalmist." Brown's own wonder at the beauty and complexity of the created world is evident throughout this intelligent, well-written, and inspirational book.


Seeing the Psalms (9780664225025) Westminster John Knox Press 2002
Ecclesiastes: Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (9780804231466)
Westminster John Knox Press 2000
The Ethos of the Cosmos (9780802845399) Eermans 1999

About the author: 

William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and the author of several books and numerous articles on the Bible and its interpretation.

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