Here’s an excerpt from a recent Q&A from William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith site:
2. If evolution is true, then why didn’t God write Genesis differently? It seems to me that the answer to this question must be that the purpose of Genesis is not to teach science. Rather its purpose is theological; it demythologizes the pagan creation myths of Israel’s neighbors, so that the sun, moon, and stars are no longer deities but just things God made, like the plants and animals. It is the demythologization of nature and an assertion of God’s sovereignty.
I’ve heard this demythologization claim made dozens of times but have never taken the time to look into it. I’m interested to hear what some of my more OT inclined readers think about this particular interpretation of the early chapters of Genesis. I have some doubts. It seems to me that when the Torah wants to challenge the beliefs/practices of the surrounding culture(s) it does so in a pretty straightforward way. This seems a bit cryptic for that purpose. But I’ll have to think about it more and read some of the better arguments in favor of this interpretation. Your turn.