RE: [asa] The apostle warns of evolution

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Mon Sep 04 2006 - 15:58:50 EDT

>At 09:18 AM 9/4/2006, Ted Davis wrote:

> >>> "Jon Tandy" <> 09/04/06 9:08 AM >>>
> writes, among other things:
>One of the reasons people like Origen spiritualized away the second
>coming was their view that since it hadn't happened by the second or
>third century, some of the apparent immediate statements (like "I
>come quickly") in the scriptural texts needed to be understood
>spiritually, not literally. Peter addresses this by commenting that
>one day with the Lord is as a thousand years -- in other words, the
>timing of those immediate statements may be spiritualized, but the
>actual event of Christ's coming will be literal. The important fact
>was the event, not the timing. Funny that AIG can accept this idea
>in the second coming, but not in the creation.

@ AIG aren't the only fundamentalists that accept that idea. Most
professing Christian evangelicals accept that idea because they have
been taught to believe some favor of Premillenialism /
Dispensationalism to the point that many of them actually believe
that to reject those ideas is to reject "The Gospel".

>Ted wonders: To what extent has mainstream creationism (if that's
>the correct term) been influenced (if at all) by the recent emphasis
>in some fundamentalist/evangelical circles on what is being called
>the "preterist" view--namely, that Christ returned around the time
>of the destruction of the second Temple in 70 AD? If I understand
>this view correctly (and I'm not sure that I do), it is an effort to
>take "literally" Jesus' statements about this generation not passing
>away until these things are fulfilled.
>Does anyone know whether preterist ideas have yet influenced
>creationists, at least mainstream creationists such as those at AIG
>or ICR? Some creationists do espouse them. Two examples: RC Sproul
>and those who operate theologyweb. How likely is it that this
>combination (preterism and creationism) will become more common? ~ Ted

@ Just as likely as the variation/flavors of the combination
Premil/Dispy fundie will become less common. :)

~ Janice

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