Is Genesis 1 Literal, Literalism, or Literalistic?

Young earth creationists, or rather biblical creationists, are often accused of being over-literal in their interpretation of Genesis 1. Regrettably, this accusation caricaturizes this position as a “literalistic interpretation”, which is unfortunate since biblical creationists explain their hermeneutic as “grammatical-historical interpretation”. This article will argue that, when we read Genesis 1 in its context, it should be understood as a historical account which teaches that God created everything in six 24-hour days. The discussion over the days of creation is often shaped by the way it is framed by those who caricature the biblical creation position. For example, Old...

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