Creation myth

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The Creation (c. 1896–1902) by James Tissot. An interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative from the first book of the Torah (commonly known as the Book of Genesis)

A creation myth is a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.


  • The Biblical words about the genesis of heaven and earth are not words of information but words of appreciation. The story of creation is not a description of how the world came into being but a song about the glory of the world's having come into being.
  • The history of creation, regarded by some in very early ages as probably "mythical," has, indeed, been proved to be certainly so, but the myth includes teaching of much more significance than the supposed history, and everyone should be glad to discover this additional proof that the aim of the writers of Scripture was not to satisfy an idle curiosity about facts which do not concern us. The doctrine of evolution promises to be of very easy assimilation by the Church.
    • Coventry Patmore, The Rod, the Root, and the Flower (London: George Bell and Sons, 1895), Knowledge and Science XXX, p. 87

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