SOME CHRISTIANS don’t take the Genesis account of Creation literally.
They say it’s because it sounds like the writer is driving with a poetic license.
The rhythmic flow includes repeated lines that sound like they belong in the chorus of a song:
- “Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’”
- “And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.”
- “Then God said, ‘Let there be a space between the waters.’”
- “And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.”
The writer beats that drum through six wonderfully pulsing verses.
Parallelism like that is a hallmark of Hebrew poetry, just as rhyme, in English, clues us that the writer is more into poetry than history.
Not that we can’t have both. But if we’re reading history from a poet, we’d want to know it.
At least that’s what a good many Christians say.
Yet if Gallup pollsters are right, almost half of America reads the story literally…some 46 percent according to a June poll.