"Your "factual knowledge" is really "evolutionary interpretation of the
within the assumption of the mythology of Naturalism." This lack
discernment between fact and interpretation is the very thing which
(and you) seems to be incapable of comprehending. Within "sound Biblical
thinking" means that scientifically acquired data is interpreted within
Biblical paradigm. Thus the bible is the basis for interpretation of the
data. It is read as it makes sense without the need to try to
the Bible to fit the assumptions of mythological Naturalism."
That's a new term -- "mythological naturalism."
I take it that when one accepts the very peculiar YEC interpretation of
Genesis, that every piece of observational and experimental data he/she
knows about must necessarily be shoehorned into that interpretation, and
when this is not done, one is practicing this "mythological naturalism."
The problem is, Allen, that when one tries to shoehorn all that data into
a YEC interpretation, "the shoe does not fit." Gosse, in OMPHALOS, comes
as close as anyone, IMHO, even though many here will take issue with even
this much. To do so, he must necessarily posit "virtual time," which
leads many to accuse him of seeing God as a great deceiver.
The YEC claims I've seen are always a strange mishmash of ad hocs,
collapsing under their own weight. I've read Glenn Morton's stuff --
without being in total agreement with him, I do not at all see he has any
problem distinguishing facts from interpretation. Whether or not I do,
I'll leave to the judgement of others.
Genesis was written, so the scholars say, about 600 BC, most probably
from earlier legends told around the campfire. To base one's science upon
it is simply ludicrous.
It is not even a question of biblical inerrancy. even a fundy who thinks
the KJV is inspired, and I have one correspondent who fits that
definition, ought to be able to understand the message of the book.
And that message is NOT scientific knowledge.
Again, if I assume that scientific knowledge is what the Bible teaches,
then I must reject the Bible. It is as simple as that.
John Burgeson (Burgy)
(science/theology, quantum mechanics, baseball, ethics,
humor, cars, God's intervention into natural causation, etc.)
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