Re: Discontinuity Conference Report

From: John W Burgeson (
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 13:27:21 EDT

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    Allen Roy wrote, in part: "To make a long story short, the conclusion was
    that the grammatical structure and use of words in Genesis 1 leave no
    room for anything but the clear and unambiguous intended meaning of six
    literal 24-hour days."

    OK, I'll buy that. That leaves three possibilities:

    1. The story is meant to be read as a spiritual truth wrapped up in a
    2. The story is meant to be read as literally true, and is literally
    3. The story is meant to be read as literally true, and is not.

    Obviously Allen takes possibility #2. His interpretation "trumps" known

    Dawkins et. al. take possibility #3, and, partly on that basis, reject
    Christianity. A lot of people take that route, rejecting #2 as
    intellectual suicide.

    I, of course, as well as most Christians, take #1 as the most reasonable
    position, given that I must accept Allen's statement above. Which may, or
    may not, be true itself. I am suspicious of a person with so much

    John Burgeson (Burgy)
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