Of Dante, At 07:54 AM 11/19/98 -0500, George Murphy wrote:
> Indeed. But if any kind of truth can be conveyed such poetry which
>makes use of cosmological models which are now obsolete, then why not
So how many people believe the Bible today because of Dante's book? What
real difference has it made today? A few English teachers torture their
students with it and a few Ph.D.'s are awarded. But unfortunately, it is
irrelevant to today's world and is viewed as an anachronism. And yes I have
read the Divine Comedy, all of it, AFTER I LEFT COLLEGE because I wanted to
read it. I enjoyed it, but it has no impact on my life and I doubt on
>> I keep finding it fascinating that the Bible says 'In the Beginning God
>> created the heavens and the earth" and that is the only part of Genesis
>> 1-11 we believe. But if all the rest of Genesis 1-11 is
>> wrong/allegory/whatever, why should I believe that Genesis 1:1 is telling
>> me of a real creation by a real God?
> Who are the "we" who only believe the first verse of Genesis?
> The first verse of the Bible is of course _not_ a statement which can be
>verified by scientific or historical study. I'm not sure that in any
>reasonable way you can claim that it conforms to your criteria for truth.
>Gen.1:1 is a theological statement about God's relationship with the
universe >in space & time. In different ways, so is the rest of Gen.1-11.
So, if Genesis 1:1 is only a statement about God's relationship with the
universe WITHOUT indicating that God actually created this universe as an
act in history, then I really find this unfathomable. How can this merely
be a statement of God's relationship without also and at the same time
being a statment of ACTUAL creative ACTION occuring at a given point in
space and time? Creation IS verifiable via the singularity at the Big Bang.
The universe can not be cyclical because of thermodynamic relations so it
must have a beginning and thus have been created by SOMETHING--either the
Creator or the Eternal Vacuum [lets call it eV for short :-) ]. But
something created it. And if the eV created it, then Genesis 1:1 is NOT a
true statement of God's relationship with the universe because God would
not then be the CREATOR.
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