Re: Apologetics, Genesis, and C.S. Lewis

Glenn R. Morton (
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 21:25:24 -0800

>I think part of the problem in discussing these issues of inspiration and
>"types of literature" is a function of our commonly 'non-literate' American
>culture, by which I mean that the idea of symbolism and what Lewis called
>"second meanings" is foreign to many people, even on non-biblical items. Ask
>a roomful of people what the classic movie High Noon is about and they'll
>describe the Western town, gunfights, etc. Most people are shocked to find
>out that the screenwriters said it was about blacklisting in Hollywood during
>the McCarthy era.

Then it would appear that the 'allegorical' form of communication failed
prettly badly here. No one got the allegory. As to foundationalism that
you mentioned:

At least in the group of geoscientists I run with, they see no reason to
believe a book that is patently false when it comes to the science they
work with every day. And they find it absurd to believe something is
divinely inspired when they find is scientifically aburd. That is why I
take the approach I do.

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