06.13.10 ~ Biblical Account of Creation Analysed

http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tb2.htm

The “beginning” in this case concerns what is treated of in one of the first pages of the Book of Genesis. If we wish to analyze this reality, we must undoubtedly direct our attention first of all to the text. –> A perfect example of the Unity of the Church. Things aren’t taken one sentence at a time or just out of context. Everything the Church teaches is interconnected, which is why you cannot claim to be a Catholic and yet only believe in bits and pieces.

This account derives from the priestly and “Elohist” tradition, from “Elohim,” the term used in that account for God. –> Strange little side note here =) that my first encounter with “El” was in Madeleine L’Engle’s Many Waters. Just came back to me.

…the Creator orders him to subdue and have dominion over the earth (cf. Gn 1:28); therefore he is placed over the world. Even though man is strictly bound to the visible world, the biblical narrative does not speak of his likeness to the rest of creatures, but only to God. –> To be able to express oneself as well as the Holy Father! I remember trying to get that first sentence across in my talk at Youth Camp two years ago. I’m still not too sure how that went down with the participants… or even with the Service Team.

The Creator seems to halt before calling him into existence, as if he were pondering within himself to make a decision: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Gn 1:26). –> Hm.

… it affirms the absolute impossibility of reducing man to the world. –> WOW. Just WOW. I wish I’d been aware of that two years ago…

Speaking of non-living matter, the biblical author used different predicates, such as “separated,” “called,” “made,” “placed.” However, speaking of beings endowed with life, he used the term “created” and “blessed.” –> Huh. Cool.

  • metaphysical – pertaining to or of the nature of physics… concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, and truth… concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance… highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse…
    • abstruse – hard to understand; recondite; esoteric…
      • recondite – dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter… beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric… little known; obscure…
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