At the core of our Jewish tradition stands a powerful bulwark against a temptation to insist that creation really took just six days, six thousand years ago.
What was that darkness? A black hole? What was that light? Electromagnetic energy? Radiation?
Just as we have learned that solid and liquid can be two states of the same matter, the sureties of our world are not what they seem.
Science says space debris formed the Moon. Others say it was God. They’re both right.
What would the earth, and the spirit of humanity, look like if the Fall had never happened?
Can an alternative to textual study offer us deeper levels of meaning?
We are what happens when the dirt gets a voice, when the earth gets a conscience, when the world has arms and legs and a thinking, rational mind that can relate to the Creator.
There’s a reason why this story has become a bit of a flash point between the religious fundamentalists and the atheist fundamentalists in the world.
We need to remember that our creativity, our ability to shape the world and change it, is a gift from God.
Religion can inspire and mobilize us as stewards of the earth rather than encourage our unsustainable status quo.