Thursday, January 14, 2016

A figural interpretation of Genesis 1

"Mother was by no means lacking in acumen.  I have a copy of her Bible in which, on January 1, 1886, she had entered a comment on the opening lines of Genesis.  She wrote:  'This is a symbol of the new creation in Jesus Christ.  Man without salvation is without form and void until the light of the world breaks in.'  How far this goes beyond all the conflicts over Genesis based on geology and evolution!"

     Roland H. Bainton, Roly:  chronicle of a stubborn non-conformist (New Haven, CT:  Yale University Divinity School, 1988), 5.  Bainton's mother (who died in 1910, when he was 13) was Charlotte Blackham Bainton.

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