Genesis and the Early Church
- In my reading of late I have seen just how much the early christians
were concerned with the first three chapters of Genesis. The parts about
being created in the image of god and God calling creation good has
influenced christians in the first century to abhor discarding of
infants and the selling of children to be trained to please aberrant
sexual appetites, which were common pagan practices. In fact the
creation story influenced the writer of the Declaration of Independence.
This facination with Genesis 1-3 culminates in a 12 year debate between
Augustine and Julian, both Bishops, on original sin. Unfortunately the
church sides with Augustine after his death.
Why all this you say? GThomas has many logion that the exegesis of show
a facination with the first chapters of Genesis. This being the case it
would be interesting to see how much this early church interest in
Genesis 1-3 goes back to the first century. Whether or not a facination
with Genesis 1-3 can be found in first century Christian writings might
help us to date parts of GThomas.