We argue over whether Genesis is history or myth, too often missing the point of the text in the chatter. Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham and a leading biblical scholar, notes that in America we get the conversation about Genesis wrapped up in other cultural questions and arguments that distort the conversation.
What is the point of Genesis 1-3? Perhaps it is that God has created the world to be God's abode, God's dwelling place -- ie a tabernacle or temple. Wright takes a position that would be more conservative than mine at points, but I think he makes the theological point quite well.
HT to Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed -- and he takes it from the Biologos blog.