The first part of this book casts a new light on the Genesis vs. science issue, the second part points out that salvation history is repeating itself through cycles of four typical phases and, based on this, the third part gives a surprising answer to the purpose of Mary's apparitions around the world.
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The Bible was written during a centuries-long period between the Exodus and early Christianity, and thereby gives statements on three levels: the past, present and future relative to this period of Bible writing. This is why biblical historicity must be verified on these three levels.
The past is primarily related to the question whether the Genesis account of creation accords with modern science. Three main streams are concurring with each other on this level. The first is held by young-earth creationists taking every word of the Bible literally, thus challenging modern science. The second stream refuses any scientific authenticity to Genesis, relegating it to mythology. The third considers both, Genesis and science, authentic and tries to harmonize each other assuming that there is no real contradiction between them. The author of this book defends the last view proposing at the same time a new method of interpretation of Genesis, which solves some important inconsistencies.
The present of the Bible, when it was written between the Exodus and early Christianity, is a historical issue related to ancient Israel. On this level, it is shown that salvation history is recurring through cycles of four typical phases characterized by peace, sin, judgment and return to peace. For the time of Israel, this yields four cycles centered respectively on the straying of the Hebrew people in the desert during forty years after the Exodus, the deportation by the Assyrians and later the Babylonians, and finally the persecutions through Antiochus Epiphanes.
The future the Bible is foretelling relates to the history of the Church and the world up to the end times. It can be shown that the whole salvation history from the patriarchs to the end times passing by ancient Israel is recurring through cycles of four typical phases. These cycles of salvation history are described by the Bible in such a coherent manner as if all of its books had been written by a single author. Based on this result, a surprising answer to the purpose of Mary's numerous apparitions around the world is finally given.
Ulrich Utiger has a master's degree in theoretical physics and got very interested in questions of faith after stays in Lourdes and Medjugorje. As he did not always find satisfying answers to his questions in books, he tried to complete the answers himself and wrote the present work about the Genesis vs. science issue, salvation history and Mariology.
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