Re: Does the Bible teach a flat earth?

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Date: Sat Dec 28 2002 - 21:49:00 EST

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    I think there is a lot to be gained by exploring the parallels between the Word
    become flesh in Jesus and the word become literature in the Bible


    George Murphy wrote:

    > John Burgeson wrote:
    > >
    > > Jim Wrote: "If Christianity is to survive, it is going to have
    >to accept the
    > > Bible as a human document. I don't know how successful Christians will be
    > > with that approach, but its the only hope that they have."
    > >
    > > In this, Jim, you appear to be in substantial agreement with the process
    > > theologians Peacocke, Borg, Spong and Griffin. The latest books from the
    > > first and last of these four Christians were reviewed by me both in
    > > PERSPECTIVES and in an expanded article on Metanexus; copies are on my web
    > > site.
    > >
    > > I've read much of both Spong and Borg (not reviewed them
    >however). Although
    > > I personally don't agree with much of their theology, I see theirs as a
    > > valid Christian worldview. The best book by Borg I have is the one he
    > > co-wrote with a conservative (orthodox) Christian as a back and
    >forth debate
    > > over these issues.
    > The trouble with the statement that "the Bible is a human
    > document" is that it's
    > usually assumed tacitly - both by "liberals" and "conservatives" -
    > that that would mean
    > that it _wasn't_ "a divine document." The church would have been
    > much better off if it
    > had realized from the beginning the close parallel between our
    >understanding of
    > scripture and christology. Jesus is fully human - and as a fully
    > human being he is the
    > Word of God. The Bible is a collection of human documents, subject
    > to all the vagaries
    > of human authorship. And as a human document it is the witness to
    > the Word of God.
    > It is no accident that some liberals who one-sidedly
    > emphasize the human
    > character of scripture also have trouble with the credal statement
    > that Christ is "true
    > God of true God." And it is also no accident that some conservatives
    > who one-sidedly
    > emphasize that the Bible is the Word of God think of Christ as God
    > just temporarily
    > dressed up as a human.
    > Shalom,
    > George
    > George L. Murphy

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