Re: [asa] preterism and YEC

From: Charles Carrigan <>
Date: Tue Sep 12 2006 - 22:38:51 EDT

While I would be very surprised if most YECs are preterists, I would
not =
at all be surprised to find out that most preterists are YECs.
Preterism =
is quite rare among American evangelicals, while than YECism is fairly =
mainstream. I would bet most YECs are like many American evangelicals =
with regards to 2nd coming issues, believing in something similar to
the =
"Left Behind" series. =20
In my opinion, both preterism and YECism result from a similar cause - =
that is, reading the scriptural texts in an overly literal fashion
with =
little regard for important literary issues. I appreciate your
  Jack that preterism is more in line with OEC than YEC, but I highly
doubt =
most preterists would agree. Further, both views are
dispensationalist in =
nature, slicing time and history into distinct pieces, another
similarity =
they share. =20
I had a bunch of discussions with a full preterist at one point back
a few =
years ago - he could not fathom the idea that literature does not
have to =
be factual/historical in order to contain truth, unless of course it
was =
plainly obvious (such as parables). For example, I pointed out to him =
that certain numbers appear an incredible number of times in the
  (e.g., 3, 7, 12, 40), beyond what would seem to be mere
coincidence, and =
I then stated that these numbers probably had some meaning to the
ancient =
hebrews beyond their numerical value alone. He simply could not wrap
his =
brain around that idea - no, when it said 40, it meant exactly that
and =
nothing else was possible in his mind. =20
This is an example of the over-literal reading of scripture that I'm =
refering to above. =20
Charles W. Carrigan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geology
Olivet Nazarene Univ., Dept. of Physical Sciences
One University Ave.
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
PH: (815) 939-5346
FX: (815) 939-5071
"To a naturalist nothing is indifferent;
the humble moss that creeps upon the stone
is equally interesting as the lofty pine which so beautifully adorns
the =
valley or the mountain:=20
but to a naturalist who is reading in the face of the rocks the
annals of =
a former world,=20
the mossy covering which obstructs his view,=20
and renders indistinguishable the different species of stone,=20
is no less than a serious subject of regret."
           - James Hutton

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