Re: [asa] Question for all the theistic evolutionists

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Mon Mar 19 2007 - 19:23:51 EDT

On 3/19/07, David Opderbeck <> wrote:
> Rich said:* David, maybe with your background being Reformed in a
> Catholic institution could explain the Wikipedia article on Biblical
> Accommodation. It appears to have come from from the Catholic Encyclopedia
> of 1913. From my own Reformed perspective I do not recognize anything that
> remotely approaches accomodation in a Reformed context*

 The sort of "accomodation" we have been discussing is more along the lines
> of this Wiki, I think:
> *("Accommodation is a theological principle linked to divine revelation
> within the Christian church. Also called condescension, the principle of
> Accommodation is that God, while being in his nature unknowable and
> unreachable, has nevertheless communicated with mankind in a way in which
> humans can understand and respond.") *
> I think you'd agree that this latter sense is consistent with Reformed
> thinking?

Yes, I would. In fact, that pretty much sums up my own definition of
accommodation when I use the term. I also agree with your analysis of the
Chicago Statement on genre analysis as question begging. For example:

> A parable, for example, should not be treated like a chronicle, nor should
> poetry be interpreted as though it were a straightforward narrative.

But is that not the Chicago Statement doing this?

> *The Denial is directed at an illegitimate use of genre criticism by some
> who deny the truth of passages which are presented as factual.*

How do we know *from the text absent genre analysis* that the Parable of the
Prodigal Son is not a real, historical chronicle because the narrative was
presented as "factual". So how is treating parables as ahistorical not
violating their own rules? Or to put it differently, does denying the
historicity of the Prodigal Son make that parable false or worse, a lie? Not
everything in Scripture that *appears* to be historical narrative is.

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