Whether or not Karl Jaspers is correct in his conclusions about an Axial Age, Genesis 1 expresses a lot of similarity of theology and thought to what was going on and being said elsewhere in the world at broadly the same time. When I came to preach on this vitally important part of the Bible in church yesterday I was struck by the level and extent of interest there was in the congregation. Nobody seemed that shocked or surprised by any of the suggestions or conclusions. Feedback varied from the informed to the slightly overwhelmed and overloaded. What was very clear is that there is a very significant level of interest in this subject and a willingness to engage with enthusiasm and intelligence. People didn’t appear to wish to enter into a Darwin v Creationism debate but were keen to explore how to read this kind of material in such a way as to hear its message.
The sermon can be downloaded and listened to here.