The Valpo Core Reader


Chris Lentz

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Birth and Creation Essay

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When walking along a path in a forested park, it is easy to pass by parts of nature without giving them a second glance. Everything from a woodpecker making holes in a maple tree to the slow, silent moving of the mountains can be taken for granted. These things happen every day in our world today, but there had to be a point in time where these occurrences came into being, gained character, and became what they are today. Various cultures have different views of how the earth, as well as nature, was born. Several noticeable examples are the Bible's view, that of the Penobscot, and the Crow people. Each believes something different about how nature came into existence, therefore each has a different view of nature.