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Conwest midterm ppr - Yoo Hae Dong Yoo Conversations of the...

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Yoo Hae Dong Yoo Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the 19 th century Prof. Baker T.A. Zach Holsbrook February 14, 2007 Creation Account as a Proof of the Basis of the Western Culture The very beginning and the foundation of the western philosophy starts from the Bible. Europeans were greatly affected by the Christianity for over a millennium, Christianity becoming the cultural basis for all the western thoughts. Among Christian thoughts the core essence of the Bible is its creation account in Genesis chapter 1 and 2. These doublets of accounts differ in various aspects, but it is quite surprising when finding these differences involve with platonic thoughts that will emerge several hundred years later from the times when Genesis was written. The first difference is the perspectives on cosmology. Genesis chapter 1 first begins its phrase with a sentence “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen 1:1-3). Notice that God just “said” the light to exist. This phrase gives a sense that God has power to make something to exist out of nothing, showing the opinion of the writer that regarding the world was created out of nothing, ex-nihilo. Vv 7-9 shows more specific views on cosmology. The verse states “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the water be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.” Here it clearly shows that the view that the highest above and the lowest below are consisted up of waters, and the waters were blocked that it can never fall into the earth,—only exception can be found in Genesis 7 when windows 1
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Yoo of heaven “opened” to cause the flood—and from the rest of the waters on the earth dry land appeared. Therefore the cosmological view revealed in chapter 1 implies the world was created out of nothing, ex-nihilo, the earth was the midway between upper and lower waters, and from the waters appeared dry lands. On the other hand, chapter 2 depicts its cosmological view somewhat differently. From verse 4 it starts to give different creation account that the heavens and earth was already created, and the earth was very dry “for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground” (Gen 2:5). Thus, waters were not there when the earth was created, “only there went up a mist from the
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