Re: [asa] (dreamtime) "Evolutionary Creation" book comments

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Wed Sep 30 2009 - 19:15:33 EDT

Dehler, Bernie wrote:
> Therefore, to be precise, the Adam of that story was not a real guy, because the story is not real. It is merely a parable using well-known existing characters. Am I correct?

Actually, to be precise, you are committing a category error.

The claim "the story is not real" merely begs the question "real in what sense?"

To which your answer, as far as I can tell, is "real in the sense modern history is real"

My response: It's not modern history, thus your question ("was Adam real") presumes a category error and allows of no answer.

There is, simply put, NO WAY to tell from Genesis 1/2 whether Adam was a "real" person even though, from what we know of pre-modern oral tradition, it is highly unlikely that such a significant story would be attached to an entirely fictitious figure.


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