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In the BeginningThe Navajo Genesis$
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Jerrold Levy

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211285

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211285.001.0001

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The Creation

The Creation

Chapter:
(p.155) 7. The Creation
Source:
In the Beginning
Author(s):

Jerrold E. Levy

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211285.003.0007

This chapter examines the Navajo creation of the cosmos and life, and finds the account closer to contemporary scientific cosmology than to Christian belief, discussing the position of humankind in the creation, the nature of life and death, and the relationship of the body to the soul. It aims to show that when we consider issues of concern to religion, we often find ourselves at the limit of current scientific knowledge and cannot rely on current scientific speculation and theorizing to answer our questions. Myths of creation explaining the origins of the earth or the cosmos are found among most societies and would seem to satisfy the intellect rather than some deep emotional need.

Keywords:   Navajo creation, cosmos, life, scientific cosmology, Christian belief

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