Saturday, July 19, 2008


Mosaic Rationales

A thought:

Why it has been called the Mosaic account of the creation, I am at a loss to conceive. Moses, I believe was too good a judge of such subjects to put his name to that account. He had been educated among the Egyptians, who were a people as well skilled in science, and particularly in astronomy, as any people of their day; and the silence and caution that Moses observes, in not authenticating the account, is a good negative evidence that he neither told it nor believed it. -- The case is, that every nation of people has been world makers, and the Israelites had as much right to set up the trade of world-making as any of the rest; and as Moses was not an Israelite, he might not choose to contradict the tradition. The account, however, is harmless; and this is more than can be said for many other parts of the Bible.

- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Maybe all we need to do is change the capitalization: when one understands the different sources/creation accounts in Genesis 1-3, it might not be entirely inappropriate to refer to the whole thing as a "mosaic" :)
Okay, I've been trying all day to come up with an appropriate pun but I can't. I'll have to leave it tile another day.
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