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Original Sin, Biblical Hermeneutics, And The Science Of Evolution

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The author divides his survey of contemporary attempts into two parts, treating first a group of theologians in evangelical traditions that bring evolution and Genesis. 2?3 into contact, although with some reservations, and then, second, a group of theologians who explicitly associate themselves with the endeavor of bringing religious faith and modern science into dialogue, and argue for a far more intricate interweaving. This chapter suggests that a principal hermeneutical challenge to relating the book of nature and the book of Scripture on the issue of original sin is a closer determination of the genre of Gen. 2?3, one that goes beyond the category of ?myth,? as it was worked out in the eighteenth century. Friedrich Schleiermacher?s reformulation avoids Immanuel Kant?s difficulty in conceiving a choice that takes place in the atemporal noumenal dimension of human subjectivity.

Keywords: biblical hermeneutics; evolution; Friedrich Schleiermacher; Genesis; Immanuel Kant; modern science; religious faith; Scripture; sin



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