Well, I survived my first (adult) Bible study session. Actually, oddly enough, this is really the first one I’ve attended and here I am leading it. But all in all it went well, I think (if I do say so myself). The discussion was interesting and thoughtful. Dare I say … adult?
It also cemented for me the particular philosophical interpretation of Genesis put forward by Mr. Kass. That is, Genesis 1 (creation version 1) is a story about God’s creation of the Universe and “Days” refer not to time but to ontology, i.e., phases of taxonomic separation. That ontology is to emphasize that the universe can intelligibly approached by the human intellect. That we are made in God’s image, which primarily means we do those things which God does (and as other creatures of His creation do not) such as create, bless, name, separate and make intelligible.
Given the frequent comments and lively discussions with some self-declared atheists on this site lately, my guess is that there should be little objectionable to be found in this accounting. So at this stage of Genesis, I’m guessing, contrary to popular misconception, there should be little to be found in Genesis 1 that would ruffle the feathers of your average atheistic bird. No? Yes?