Re: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Thu Sep 01 2005 - 03:06:00 EDT


I like very much your ideas about "completeness", but I think you are
trying to have your cake and eat it by claiming this is a literal
interpretation. Certainly "evening" and "morning" are literally the
beginning and ending of a day, but the "day" then has surely to be
seen as a metaphor for "completeness" & hence, as a metaphor, it is a
literary device. When a YEC person insists on a literal
interpretation, they mean literal 24h days, not that the day is a
symbol of completeness.


On 9/1/05, Randy Isaac <> wrote:
> It seems to me that even "literal" interpretations of words like "day" or
> "evening and morning" need not convey a message of chronology. "Day" as 24
> hours and "evening and morning" as literal beginning and ending of a day
> seem to have a straightforward interpretation of completeness, consistent
> with the significance of "seven" as completeness. I don't know that we have
> to label the words as being allegory or literary devices or chronology.
> Virtually every phrase and word of Gen. 1 carries a powerful message of
> completeness. God created everything and there was nothing he did not
> create. The message reverberates throughout the chapter in the strongest
> literal sense. That seems like a literal interpretation to me without any
> implication of what we consider chronology or duration or sequence.
> Randy
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Iain Strachan" <>
> The
> > "evening and morning" before the sun is created seem to indicate that
> > this is a literary device. ........

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