This is normally a stressful week, as our class encounters nonliteral ways of reading biblical narratives that are traditionally read as literal in many of our churches. This essay will help you work out issues of biblical interpretation in the context of learning the doctrines of creation, humanity, and sin.
Read McLaren chapters 1-9 and the sections of Jinkins that draw on Genesis 1-3. Compare the various ways of reading Genesis 1-3 you have learned in class (McLaren's, Jinkins', mine) with the way you had read it before rs20. What were the strengths and weaknesses of your way of reading it? How is this class affecting your interpretation of Gen. 1-3?
If you prefer (for instance, if do not have prior experience with Genesis 1-3), then you may do the following instead:
Read McLaren chapters 1-9 and the sections of Jinkins that draw on Genesis 1-3. Imagine a friend asked you what this course's "view of the Bible" is. Draw on the various ways of reading Genesis 1-3 you have learned in class (McLaren's, Jinkins', mine) to answer the question. From what you have seen so far, what does this course think about the Bible? What is it, what is it for, and how should it be used?
Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.
Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.
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