I’ve been struck, lately, by a sense that maybe the authors of the Genesis Creation account that says: “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters”, were expressing the deep felt appreciation and attraction to the connection we have to the wonders of Creation; the amazingly complicated, intricate details (to which they were not scientifically privy) of the “universe story” where the very scientific details can and should be an occasion for gratitude that we are included and formed (literally) by this story. It’s a “bridge” between faith and science. Not as the “Creationist” sees, where science is shoe-horned into an agreement with Genesis (an agreement that is woefully ignorant of what science actually tells us), but a bridge which opens up the sense of deep relatedness. This is what Genesis captures very well; it is the ancient world appreciation and gratefulness that has been lost by our Western objectification and utilitarian sense of “Nature”.
(posted on Facebook around noon today)