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"The Wisdom of Genesis." An examination of the opening chapters of Genesis in light of commentaries by St. Augustine and St. Thomas
Now, perhaps more than ever, Scripture is misunderstood, belittled, and even attacked by believers and non-believers alike. The Book of Genesis is not immune to criticism. It has been called everything from naive prattle to pernicious writing; it has been described as merely myth, or the combination of different cultural and ignorant traditions, rarely is it considered a book of great wisdom. At least one reason for a failure to recognize the wisdom of Genesis is a lack of understanding of the great Catholic tradition of serious biblical commentary. Noteworthy among the great commentators are St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.
In this talk, Dr. Paul O’Reilly, Thomas Aquinas College, will explore how a look at Genesis through the eyes of St. Augustine and St. Thomas reveals the depths of meaning in the opening book of the Bible. It is crucial for Catholics to understand, as St. John Paul II put it, “The word of God is not addressed to any one people or to anyone period of history. Similarly, dogmatic statements, while reflecting at times the culture of the people in which they were defined, formulate an unchanging and ultimate truth.”
Paul O’Reilly, Ph.D., was one of eight, born and raised in battle-torn Belfast, Northern Ireland. Two of Paul’s uncles were murdered and their restaurant destroyed by a bomb blast. One of Paul’s brothers was abducted and his sister viciously attacked. Concerned that her children would be drawn into a life of vengeance, Paul’s mother applied for and received refugee status for her family in Canada. Seven months after the family emigrated to Canada, she was tragically killed in an automobile accident, orphaning Paul and his siblings. Heroically, an uncle and aunt, already the parents of four, adopted the eight devastated children. Paul enrolled at Thomas Aquinas College returning to teach there in 1989 after receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Laval in Quebec. He also taught at the Pontifical Institute in Beaverton, Oregon, Saint Anselm College and Thomas More Institute.
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