Re: classic arguments

Jan de Koning (
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 11:18:06 -0500

At 07:49 AM 12/12/97 -0500, George Murphy wrote
and I delete most of it::
> Doesn't seem like much of a jump! Jesus asks, "What did Moses
>command you?" & they reply with reference to Dt.24 but _not_ Gen.1&2.
>Here, as as in any argument, one has to make some basic assumptions
>(e.g., that words have their ordinary meanings), but calling attention
>to them instead of the substance of the argument seems to me quibbling
Is looking at "ordinary meanings" enough when looking at translated texts,
written originally in a language, which is now dead? I believe, we are
often too glib in taking texts in our arguments. (I don't off-hand know of
a better method in a discussion group.) Talking about Genesis, I believe,
that a book like Carmichael's "The Story of Creation" (Cornell Univeristy
Press, 1996) may help. To read Gen.1- 11 as "fact" requires lot more
explaining than I have read thus far. Still, the Lord put it in the Bible,
so we must keep on talking about it, and explaining it.

Jan de Koning
Willowdale, Ont.