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

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Thu Sep 01 2005 - 06:39:52 EDT

My problem is that I do not know what literally literally means. Does
literally literally mean literal, or can literally literally mean something
other that what literally literally means to the popular understanding of
literally. I literally cant get my head round what literally literally

Believe it or not I am literally trying to be serious in elucidating what
literally literally means


----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Isaac" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 1:25 AM
Subject: Re: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

> 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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