Re: descendans bovine etc.

Robin Mandell (
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 22:32:26 -0600

At 09:46 PM 11/17/98 -0800, Glenn R. Morton wrote:
>Hi Greg,
>At 09:31 PM 11/17/98 -0600, Robin Mandell wrote:
>>Hi again.
>>This is a question, not meant as a rebuttal to your very formidable reply
>>but rather to help me.If the Book of Mormon was historicaly unassailable
>>yet made spiritual assertions that differed from the Bible which does have
>>some tough areas historically( I mean having to postulate
>>a 5 million year spread in a genealogy is a tough area) would you then go
>>with the better history and move to Utah?the hypothetical weakness here is
>>clear but do you get what I am wondering? >>
>If another religion had an unassailable history (as you say) and that
>history was not written after the fact(i.e. statements were made which
>successfully predicted scientific discoveries) , then I think one would be
>crazy NOT to give it serious consideration.
>I manage a group involved in the search for oil and gas. What we do is
>determine the geologic history of a given area. This helps us determine
>where oil is, when it migrated into the traps, etc. We determine the actual
>history based upon data. If one of my guys came and told me a story about
>one of the leases we hold that was absolutely contradicted by the
>observational evidence but then told me that what he said was relating
>metaphysical truth, I would try to fire him. I don't want metaphysical
>truths when dealing with the history of our planet. I want the absolute
>truth. Only the real God knows how this world was created. A false god
>Christianity makes claims to tell us the historical truth of God's
>interaction with humanity (except when it comes to the actual history of
>our planet and then it tells us metaphysical truths rather than history.).
>I find this oxymoronic.
What is one to do when the metaphysical truth rings so deep that he knows
it is the answer and the relationship formed with the living Word is so
real and vital but the various attempts at literal concordance with the
books introduction seem to be rationally hard to buy?
What if this particular lease was quite different from the others?