Re: [asa] Moderate Theology

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Sat Oct 13 2007 - 06:52:59 EDT

I would second Iain on this and point out that YEC really started to make inroads in Britain in the 80s

As for Dick's Conservative, Moderate and Liberal I am none of them . His threefold classification neatly removes most orthodox Christians ,

   Some Characteristics of a Conservative Theology
    This is not conservative but Fundamentalist YEC theology which is a new-fangled instrusion

    1. Genesis 1-11 is interpreted as the factual history of the creation of all mankind.

    2. A "literal" interpretation of Genesis 1-11 is advocated, but flawed by inconsistent exegesis.

    3. The Bible alone is seen as sufficient for all understanding, history is ignored, and science subverted.

    4. The Bible is usually seen as inerrant either as translated or in the original manuscripts.

    5. The "days" of creation in Genesis 1 are interpreted as 24-hour periods with Adam's creation on the sixth day.

    6. No physical death occurred in the animal world until Adam committed Original Sin.

    7. No genetic links are allowed between species, all animals and especially man were brought into being through individual acts of special creation

    8. Adam is considered the progenitor of the entire human race and lived approximately 6,000 years ago.

    9. The fossil record was distributed by a global flood that destroyed all animal and human life with the exception of Noah, his immediate family, and a boatload of animals.

    10. All the world's languages commenced at the tower of Babel.

    Some Characteristics of Liberal Theology

    Few hold this type of thing.

      1.. Genesis 1-11 is interpreted as a theological presentation of human creation.
      2.. Adam represents the first human being who may have lived over 100,000 years ago, or perhaps he didn't live at all.
      3.. Genesis 1-11 may be understood as allegory, poetry, mythology, or tradition.
      4.. Genesis 1-11 has theological value, but is considered factually flawed.
      5.. A relationship with Christ guides our understanding as the Holy Spirit reveals what is important.
      6.. Biblical interpretation is a matter of faith, though influenced by the revelations of science.
      7.. The Bible is considered to be authoritative and divinely inspired, though not inerrant.
      8.. The "days" of creation in Genesis 1 usually are considered as "day-age" and may be realigned. MR no liberal would do this at all
      9.. The Genesis flood may have been a local inundation perhaps borrowed from Sumerian epic tales.
      10.. Modern science generally is taken at full face value, and Bible and science are reconciled by subordinating Scripture.

    Some Characteristics of Moderate Theology

      1.. Genesis 1-11 is considered the factual history of the Semites, not the entire human race.
      2.. A literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11 is advocated coupled with sound, consistent exegesis, and mindful of archaic Hebrew language peculiarities.
      3.. Scripture considered inerrant in the autographs, but suffers from errors in transmission, translation, and interpretation.
      4.. KJV is preferred translation, though needs revision in light of historical evidence.
      5.. The "days" of creation are seen as days of God's time, not man's time.
      6.. Adam is considered to be the federal head of the human race, the biological head of the Semitic race, and the first to receive God's covenant.
      7.. Faith alone has proved insufficient for understanding.
      8.. Scripture can be clarified by Scripture, and Bible interpreters need to consider revelations of modern science and ancient history.
      9.. Impartial, unbiased data and evidence should guide us in formulating theories of understanding, both theological and scientific.
      10.. Scientific theories are best left to credentialed scientists. Modern science poses no threat to Genesis 1-11, correctly interpreted in accord with the history of the ancient Near East.

    Quick Contrast

    View of Scripture

    1. Conservative: High View, inerrancy upheld.

    2. Liberal: Genesis not considered historically accurate.

    3. Moderate: High View, inerrancy upheld.

    MR there are other possibilities in that many do not hold to Inerrancy yet are not liberal

    History of the Ancient Near East

    1. Conservative: Ignored.

    2. Liberal: Ignored

    3. Moderate: Given weight in interpretation of Scripture.MR "liberals" also do


    1. Conservative: Subverted to biblical interpretation.

    2. Liberal: Given full consideration.

    3. Moderate: Given full consideration.

    Please feel free to flail away.


    Dick Fischer

    Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association

    Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

  After the game, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.

  - Italian Proverb

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