Re: [asa] (fall) biological evolution and a literal Adam- logically inconsistent?

From: Merv <mrb22667@kansas.net>
Date: Thu Sep 04 2008 - 08:20:37 EDT

And my earlier potshots at automotive transport technologies also need
to be critiqued in light of recent exegetical developments in which the
disciples were all found to be in one Accord.

--Merv

Ted Davis wrote:
> The view that the seasons resulted from an event within human history--the
> Fall or the Flood are the usual suspects--is at least as old as the 17th
> century. William Whiston, e.g., assigned the cause to a comet, the one that
> caused the Flood. It seems to have been a popular view, apparently based on
> a very old Jewish tradition (as far as I can tell), that the creation of
> humanity took place at or around the autumnal equinox, and that in an ideal
> creation days and nights would be equal in length. Human sin, on this view,
> led to the inclination of the earth's axis.
>
> As I imply, I am not very familiar with the details; if there is a full
> history of this concept, I haven't seen it.
>
> What lies behind this, as far as I can tell, is the belief that paradise
> would not entail a changing world--not even one in which change is cyclical
> in fairly minor ways that may be beneficial, such as the seasons. But, I
> don't know.
>
> My own view is, that this view of perpetual spring (or fall), as it were,
> is related to the very old tradition, which I take as axiomatic, that God
> created baseball. That's almost self-evident, of course, but I have
> sometimes encountered people who doubt this, and I have heard of even a few
> who completely deny it. Everyone knows that God made the heavens and the
> earth "in the big inning," as the Scriptures say (and, Michael, please note
> that the Hebrew for "inning" here is explicitly in the singular, so that no
> competent exegete would conclude that the author really meant "innings,"
> i.e., cricket. After all, this was before the Fall, and that dreadful game
> appeared later as a corruption of the truth.
>
> Taking this fact and coupling it with a premise about natural
> theology--namely, that God's character and nature are revealed through the
> creation--and it is not difficult to prove that God is left-handed. But,
> that's for another day.
>
> Ted
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