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Is the Creation story of Genesis fact or metaphor?

And if it’s metaphor, does that make it true?

Mitchell Diamond
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7 min readJul 21, 2022

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In his Medium article, Is the Genesis Creation myth credible in any way?, David Gamble makes the case that the Book of Genesis has no scientific credibility. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Of course the Biblical days of creation do not align with science, or even alternative facts, despite the fervent beliefs of Christian literalists like the Fundamentalists and Evangelicals.

Gamble broadens the possible interpretation of the claims in Genesis by asking if “the story is a symbolic poetical metaphor — each day corresponds to a geological age.” He admits that he once embraced this idea that a day of creation in Genesis could be a metaphor for a geological epoch “when I was religious.” This metaphor strategy is a popular method that Christian apologists use to try to synthesize the mythological Biblical stories with science, “as a way to align the text with the scientific understanding,” Gamble says.

Interpreting Biblical mythology as metaphor is a perfectly fine endeavor, but Christian apologists misunderstand the relationship between a metaphorical viewpoint and a scientific viewpoint. In his analysis, Gamble critiques the so-called metaphorical approach in the Bible’s description of Day 1 by pointing out several…

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Mitchell Diamond

Author of Darwin’s Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion, a new take on the function and purpose of religion. http://www.darwinsapple.com