The Creation

Jerrold E. Levy

in In the Beginning

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211285
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920576 | DOI:
The Creation

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This chapter examines the Navajo creation of the cosmos and life, and finds the account closer to contemporary scientific cosmology than to Christian belief, discussing the position of humankind in the creation, the nature of life and death, and the relationship of the body to the soul. It aims to show that when we consider issues of concern to religion, we often find ourselves at the limit of current scientific knowledge and cannot rely on current scientific speculation and theorizing to answer our questions. Myths of creation explaining the origins of the earth or the cosmos are found among most societies and would seem to satisfy the intellect rather than some deep emotional need.

Keywords: Navajo creation; cosmos; life; scientific cosmology; Christian belief

Chapter.  10739 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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