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Problematic literal Interpretation of Genesis

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9/14/2012 8:21:16 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I've noticed that quite a few creationists make the claim that the order of creation described in Genesis 1.

When the Bible says "God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it" it is literally interpreted as "God created all creatures of the sea and all animals which dwell or move in water."

When the Bible says "God made two great lights"the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars" it is literally interpreted as either "God made two large sources of light now called the sun and moon. God created the points of light called stars."

How would a bible literalist interpret the Genesis 1:6-8

6. Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Namely, why do they disagree with the following characterizations

Firmament: Pre-scientific notion of a solid dome "vault" which covers the earth.