Joel asked: "OK, I'll bite...Why would a literal reading of Jonah cause
you to reject Christianity?"
What I said was (I think) is that if "Christianity" insisted on me
accepting Jonah as a literal, historical story, accurately told, then I'd
have to reject that particular version of Christianity.
If Christianity asks me to use Jonah as a myth, parable, or such, and I
think it does, then I have no problem with that.
As a literal, historical account, it is simply too far fetched to
believe. That does not say that there may not have been an interesting
incident behind the story. But that's about it.
John Burgeson (Burgy)
(science/theology, quantum mechanics, baseball, ethics,
humor, cars, God's intervention into natural causation, etc.)
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