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Sep 06, 2005

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will spotts

This is a very lucid analysis; I'm particularly interested in your take on why the "camps" hold the positions they do.

For me, I find the stories unclear enough in some points to allow for different possible interpretations -- but I do see a need for the historicity of it because it claims it. You do well to point out this distinction from other creation narratives.

But this also highlights another issue -- people (both fundamentalist and progressive Christians) hold the views they do on the creation accounts and evolution because of the consequences of these ideas, not because of their merits.

Quite frankly -- and I know this will irritate some -- but academy can and will be discredited as it should be. That is how the assumptions of science work -- as soon as a theory or idea develops enough difficulty accounting for the facts, a better idea should be sought. This is fiercely resisted. In this manner, the fierce resistance to change, I find evolution to have a religious component -- distinct from that of other theories. Perhaps the secular mythos also requires evolution to function.

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks for these observations.

"...people (both fundamentalist and progressive Christians) hold the views they do on the creation accounts and evolution because of the consequences of these ideas, not because of their merits."

Yes! Exactly.

I am hardly an expert in hermeneutics, but it seems to me that there is a tendency to decide how we would like things to come out and then develop a hermeneutic that brings us to that conclusion. In reality, such hermeneutics are really rationalizations masquerading as hermeneutics. I include myself in this venture. This little exercise allows us to interpret scripture without scripture interpreting us. It seems to me that this is the ongoing battle of the Christian journey individually and corporately.

As to evolution as religion, I have some things to share about that on Thursday.

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