“This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day the Lord God made earth and heaven” (Genesis 2:4).
Creator creates creation is the decisive proclamation that emerges from Genesis 1-2. It is an account that offers not a scientific description but a theological affirmation. Its importance is found in the questions of who and why, not how and when. The faith of the church has no vested interest in the various scientific hypotheses regarding the origins of the universe. The division we imagine between literalists and modern rationalists is an unnecessary chasm. God’s agency in creation leaves room for broadest of scientific speculations. Besides, a god small enough for any of us to fully explain isn’t big enough to be worthy of our worship.