Thank you for publishing Professor Michelle Gonzalez’s thoughtful discussion of inclusive theology as your cover story for January 2014. During my 28 years of teaching a course on “The English Bible as Literature” in a secular California community college, my students and I repeatedly questioned why our culture is so wedded to the creation story in Genesis 2 through 4 and so commonly ignores the priestly account that frames it by repeating Genesis 1:27 in Genesis 5:1b-2. In those verses, humans are created simultaneously and co-equally. When the Bible repeats concepts, especially in this frame, the emphasis is much more pronounced.
Richard J. Follett
Van Nuys, California