Is Genesis A Fairy Story?



Question: Two people have left messages saying that people who believe in Genesis are really believing in fairy stories.

Answer: We can read about the theory of evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin's book "On the Origin of Species" in 1859, and we are not very much wiser than reading the first chapter of Genesis written 1400 BC. Both books tell us of similar events, in roughly the same order.

In 1868 Alfred Lord Tennyson said to Charles Darwin "Your theory of Evolution does not make against Christianity": and Darwin answered, "No, certainly not."

If the universe is a blind machine: created by no one, attended by nobody, interested in nothing, a machine with complicated interlocking laws, drawn up by nobody, but a machine all the same, and though this machine is able to produce billions of souls it has no soul guiding it because it is random chaos, then I can understand why some people call Genesis a fairly story. Men and women who have faith in God don’t see the universe in that light.

Scientists can teach about physics because that is the skill they have been given and the church can teach about metaphysics because that is the gift given to them. Science teaches about the natural domain and the church teaches about the supernatural domain.

It’s possible that scientists go beyond their boundaries when they hypothesize about why things have happened and the church goes beyond its boundaries when it tells us how things have happened.

And to be sure the church has had to change its teaching over the centuries to accommodate for discoveries in the scientific community. But the church is not the Bible; God’s word does not change. But the way people understand the Scriptures may change and scientists help us in our understanding of the Bible.

The modern world is in a position to view the divine sculptor’s work as no other generation has. Throughout previous generations many people believed that God created life, but preceding generations were not privy to the method and manner in which he worked—his modus operandi. We are now in that position, thanks to the fine work of archaeologists, geologists, palaeontologists, and scientists, some of whom have faith in God: the Big Bang Theory itself was first proposed by a Christian priest, who was also a scientist.

So to dismiss Genesis as a fairly story with one great brush stroke, is not the best way forward.