Re: [asa] Re: How to approach YECs was Empiricism, Faith and Science

From: gordon brown <gbrown@euclid.Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Sep 29 2006 - 17:43:26 EDT

I think that many of the "Biblical" arguments that I have seen or heard
for the YEC position employ hermeneutical principles that would not be
endorsed by the average Christian influenced by YEC teaching.

I don't mean to imply that all YEC spokesmen are guilty of all of them or
that they are the only ones that commit any of them. Here is my list:

           YEC Principles of Biblical Interpretation

A. General Principles
   1. Rely on an English translation, presumably the King James Version.
   2. Non sequiturs are allowed.

B. Handling Apparently Contrary Passages
   1. Ignore them.
   2. Concoct a weird interpretation.

C. Proofs for YEC
   1. Invent new rules of Hebrew grammar.
   2. Don't read the context.

I wouldn't concede to them the high ground or dismiss them as
literalists when they present such flawed arguments.

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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