Tag: genesis

Ethics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy

Abraham’s Virtues

God Blessed Abraham in All Things Yoram Hazony makes the case that in Genesis, Abraham is painted as a paradigmatically virtuous character. The primary evidence is that while Abraham is not perfect, God has confidence that he will “command his children and his house after him, and they will keep the way of the Lord, …

Bible, Christianity

The Image of God: Each Man Makes Heaven and Earth Anew

In Genesis 1:1-2, God makes the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 1:26-31, God makes man in his image. Okay. We’re not able to engage in creating a cosmos from nothing. But here’s what we can do. We construct the world in unique ways, each of us. The objective world, of course, is real. But …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual Life

A Spiritual Exercise From Genesis 4:1-7

The Introduction to Cain’s Story Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Self-Esteem

A former student sent me a link to a video about self-esteem last week. She asked for my comments. I finally made time to watch it today. Here’s the video:   Matt Walsh is certainly correct here. Confidence, defined essentially as known competence in the face of difficulty is superior to self-esteem (see note below).  But …

Bible, Christianity, Culture

A brief spiritual exercise from Genesis 1:26-31

In Genesis 1, the Lord makes the world insofar as it is experienced by humanity, as a place he considers good and very good. It is a composition of chaos and order and more fully, in Genesis 2, God makes a Garden to demonstrate to man how, as a being in his image, to subdue …

Christianity

A Psychology of Romance

Genesis 2:20-24 ESV The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. (21) So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took …

Bible, Christianity, Uncategorized

Genesis 1-2 and Man as Artist

One of the ideas that emerges from the first two chapters of Genesis is the distinction between creation and cultivation, nature and art, or even chaos and order. For instance, when God makes the world it is a chaotic emptiness (Genesis 1:1-2), but through the next several verses, he organizes it into a series of …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Cain and Abel: An Interesting Reading

In almost any commentary from the last century, the Cain and Abel story in Genesis 4 is typically explained as a justification for/explanation of the conflict between agricultural and nomadic life. There’s something to this, but it’s not merely about two modes of food production. The distinction is between two approaches to ethics. Cain and …

Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

The Creation Narrative and Human Excellence

Here’s a repost from my old blog: Before we go on, below is the story of the creation of man in Genesis 1. Go ahead and read it in full as a refresher. Gen 1:26-31 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over …

Uncategorized

Abraham and Happiness

Gen 12:1-3  Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  (2)  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  (3)  …