A Comparison of the Creation of Man in Various Schools of Thought

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In the beginning, there was nothing. Then there was something. How this happened has long been a point of contention and has been widely regarded as one of the greatest mysteries of mankind. For as long as humans have stared into the inky blackness of the night, have they sought to find answers to this great question – how did we get here? The ancient tribal peoples of Israel believed that their God, Yahweh or Elohim, created the world in a period of just a few days, and created man to watch over his creation. They believed in a Creatio ex Nihilo (“creation out of nothing”), where one omnipotent being shaped the world and Man before setting them to their own devices . However, the ancient Greeks had a different creation myth. They believed…show more content…
Soon, however, man grows lonely, so God creates for him a woman out of his rib . Upon laying eyes on God’s creation, Adam proclaims that she is perfect for him and names her Woman, for she was born of Man. So while these texts do contain some contradictions, many argue that they can easily be taken together as one overarching mythos. For instance, the first Chapter is often viewed as an overview of what happened, a synopsis of the entire mythology, whereas the second Chapter is viewed as an in-depth view of what had occurred. For instance, when it says that a great welling up occurred to water the plants, it refers to God’s creation of sprouting growth on day three in the first Chapter, and when it says that man and woman were created at once in the first Chapter, it is just stating that they were created at very nearly the same time. Even as some contradictions cannot be resolved, it is easy to dismiss them as mistranslations of literary liberties taken by the authors, and instead examine the overarching themes of the mythos. These constant themes are many, but a few of the important ones are: Gods creation of the universe from pure will, Gods personal creation of man, and How God concerns himself directly with his creation (in the early days). These themes are found in Genesis, but are notably absent from both Theogonic and Darwinian mythos. In the Theogony, the creation of man went very differently. Instead of
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