Many readers are likely somewhat familiar with Fritz Guy’s thinking regarding Genesis One, with some of this having been developed in recent years through books and articles available to Spectrum readers. It is his belief that a literal reading of Genesis is mistaken, and those inclined to take this approach, if consistent, must deal with the literal definition of “firmament,” for example, intended by the ancient author of Genesis as a concept that even most biblical literalists will recognize to be problematic.
This week's Sabbath School commentary is taken from Spectrum 14-1 (August 1983), and is written by Fritz Guy, research professor of philosophical theology at the HMS Richards Divinity School at La Sierra University. The article originated 30 years ago in the aftermath of the Desmond Ford controversy.
Why did the translators of Genesis choose the English words that they did? What might their choices have done to the Genesis story? We (within the limitations of a short essay) would like to examine what English Bible translators have done down through the centuries and, more importantly, what we think they could and ought to do today—ifthey are to avoid misleading those who read Genesis 1 in 2012.
This was first published here in 2009. I'm republishing Fritz Guy's thoughts in light of the discussions this week at the Adventist Forum Conference. The comments include posts from Charles Scriven and David Larson. -Alexander Carpenter
1. Science education at Adventist universities is called to be truly university-quality education, not indoctrination. This means that students must be taught:
(a) to know and understand the most important current scientific theories;
(b) to think for them¬selves, considering evidence and coming to their own conclusions;
Cuando un grupo de pastores adventistas del séptimo día se reunieron en Battle Creek, Michigan, para considerar cómo organizar la iglesia en 1861, James White propuso la idea de un "pacto ecclesiástico". El documento declaraba: "Nosotros, los signatarios al pie, por medio de ésta nos asociamos como iglesia, tomando el nombre Adventistas del Séptimo Día y pactamos guardar los mandamientos de Dios y la fe de Jesús".