Re: Genesis & sacramental texts

From: bivalve (
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 14:37:34 EDT

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    I had not so much thought of the theological issues as analogous, but
    rather that the exegetical approaches were similar. More
    specifically, I hoped to show that it was inconsistent to endorse the
    Westminster standards while condemning me for thinking that the light
    of nature could support a more figurative interpretation of a passage.

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    ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
    From: george murphy <>
    Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 10:01:01 -0400

    >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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