Glenn's thread on the predictive value of our interpretations of Genesis
is deinitely stirring the pot, but is it really based on a reasonable
hermeneutic? Do traditional historical interpretations give us any real
insight into the physical world?
Genesis 1-11, if not beyond, really should be seen for what they are -
folklore/myth - which fulfilled certain cognitive functions for a
pre-scientific community. The texts contain features that are patently
absurd and that later writers interpreted non-literally anyway.
Historical interpretations of the same and conclusions based on those
interpretations were really derived in times of ignorance and contain
subtle assumptions that have no scientific meaning today. If anything
can be salvaged from the thoughts of a previous age it's the theological
content and its clear reference to us all. All else is superfluous junk.
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