Bereshit/Genesis as metaphor

In the modern version of pagan idolatry – narcissism and selfworship – we have become our own idols.

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August 29, 2018 21:22
‘BERESHIT,’ AS painted by the writer’s mother, Anne Dann.

AN ANCIENT manuscript sends Russell Woolfe on a surprising journey‘IF I didn’t grab this moment, I was never going to quit.’‘BERESHIT,’ AS painted by the writer’s mother, Anne Dann.. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The Torah begins with descriptions of a world without form, the evolution of distinctions and differentiation – light/darkness, day/ night, sea/dry land, and the origins of life – and with rules, what is permitted and what is forbidden.

The purpose of this narrative is not to teach us how, but why. It is meant not as a precise record of the world’s creation and the way it works, but as a guiding metaphor: Life has meaning because it has order, structure and rules that define purpose and link us to transcendence.

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