From: Walter Hicks (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 24 2002 - 21:12:32 EDT
As best I can tell, my understanding of the words "truth" and
"history" are more
in line with the average American -- than that of the learned on this ASA list.
My request is that we "call a spade a spade" and not hide behind new
commonly accepted vocabulary. We would all be better off if we simply
we mean without wordology or cryptology.
My wife and my granddaughter -- upon my (non-leading) questioning -- just gave
the common, dictionary meaning of these words.
As I scientist, I have never become wrapped up in these obtuse
discussions of the
meaning of such simple words --- or at least what they used to be --- before
gathering with ASA .
> In reply to Walter's posting below:
> It is not reasonable to think that people in the past are thinking in the
> same words as we do. "Historical" has a specific meaning now, especially
> for scientists, a meaning that is not shared by everyone. People in the
> past did not think in the same words as we do and some words have other
> meanings. Even when they have approximately the same meaning, a word like
> "history" was not used even some centuries ago in the same way it is now
> used by scientists. God inspired the Bible not to scientists but to
> "ordinary" (let us say people not versed in physics etc.) people. Requiring
> that they must have read the words in the same way as we do is very
> un-scientific. We need language-scientists, philosophy-scientists,
> hsitory-scientists etc. The way the word "science' is used as if it is the
> end of a discussion, forgets that even mathematics (but all science) is
> founded on certain philosphies. Especially the explaining of its results.
> This is my last reply now. I explained my position several times in the
> past, without getting sufficiently founded replies. I got trapped again
> here. I am sorry.
> Walter Hicks writes:
> > Jim Eisele wrote:
> >> I'm realistic enough not to expect agreement. But, the stakes are high,
> >> and some will drop out along the way. My claim is that the Bible is
> >> historical until shown otherwise.
> > I will second this. Why is it not a reasonable position? Is it
>not what we
> > generally follow with respect to scientific theories?
> > Why, I'd bet that even a good lawyer might agree ;-).
> > Walt
Walt Hicks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In any consistent theory, there must
exist true but not provable statements.
You can only find the truth with logic
If you have already found the truth
without it. (G.K. Chesterton)
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