Re: Genesis & sacramental texts

From: george murphy (
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 10:01:01 EDT

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    bivalve wrote:

    > The Westminster Confession of Faith appeals to the "light of nature"
    > (as well as many arguments from Scripture) to support the contention
    > that transubstantiation is incorrect. This use of physical evidence
    > to support a less literalistic interpretation seems like a good
    > parallel for the appeal to physical evidence in interpreting Genesis
    > 1. My only attempt so far at applying this reasoning had an already
    > unreceptive audience, so I cannot tell if it is likely to sway others.

             This is an interesting analogy. I had not thought of this before
    but there is some similarity between transsubstantiation and "apparent
    age" arguments for YEC. In fact it might be possible to cast the latter
    in Aristotelian form by saying that the substance of creation is ~6000
    years old but that its accidents give the appearance of billions of years
    of age.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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