3.68: Lightning Round Part One

Katie and Kathryn tackle a pile of listener questions about the Bible and the beginning of everything.


In this episode, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston address these questions:

  • How old is the earth?
  • Were there people before Adam and Eve?
  • When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden by listening to Satan, was God angry? Didn’t God know this was going to happen and consequences for their sin had to be paid?
Katie Langston and Kathryn Schifferdecker talk about beginnings, including: How old is the earth?

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis 1-3

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Creation Narratives
  • Theory of Evolution
  • The Bible vs Scientific Manual
  • Adam and Eve as Ancient Archetypes
  • Eternals: 2021 Movie by Marvel Studios
  • Faith vs Science Dichotomy
  • Founding Narratives
  • Divine Omniscience
  • Freedom of the Will
  • Divine Knowledge

Ancient works mentioned

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh (translated and edited by Benjamin R. Foster; published by W.W. Norton)
  • Enuma Elish/The Seven Tablets of Creation

Other helpful resources

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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