RE: Answersingenesis

From: Vandergraaf, Chuck (vandergraaft@AECL.CA)
Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 17:03:24 EDT

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    Not necessarily. For example, the floating axe head does not have an impact
    on a YEC or OEC view. However, as you may have seen from the correspondence
    on this forum, a literal interpretation of many of these Biblical records
    causes considerable problems in integrating them with geological records.
    For example, where to place Adam and Eve in time has generated a lot of
    debate, as has the placing of the Flood in time and space.

    My point was not to come up with a list of "problem areas" but to contrast
    the literal interpretation of the Bible through which the gospel was brought
    to many of us in our youths to our current understanding. My comment was
    made in response of John Burgeson who questioned the amount of traffic a
    YEC-based web page is claiming.

    Interestingly, recently there was an article in The Banner, the official
    publication of the Christian Reformed Church that suggested that much in the
    Bible could be (should be) read as "literature" and not as non fiction.
    Yet, my guess is that many of us learned to read to Bible as non fiction.


    Chuck Vandergraaf
    Pinawa, MB

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Vince D. Calhoun []
    Sent: Sunday April 01, 2001 11:55 AM
    To: Vandergraaf, Chuck; 'John W Burgeson'
    Subject: RE: Answersingenesis

    At 08:33 PM 3/31/2001 -0500, Vandergraaf, Chuck wrote:
    >With "literal interpretation" I mean an actual Adam and Eve, walking and
    >communing with God in a lush garden, surrounded by an impenetrable wall
    >(remember the angels with flaming swords at the gates), a factual murder of
    >Abel by Cain, the flooding of the entire world, an honest-to-goodness
    >floating axe head, the collapse of the walls of Jericho, etc.
    >What changed your views from this interpretation?

    Are you saying that one has to abandon all these views to have a OEC

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