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  •  I've never seen why some fundamentalists object to (4+ / 0-)

    evolution (and insist on a literal few thousand years old earth). God could just have chosen evolution as a path to development, and given the relationship of the Bible to other stories of creation, etc. in Middle Eastern history (Gilgamesh and all that), it could be seen as illustrative of beliefs, not a literal rending.

    Btw, why would there be any problem(for anyone but a specific, literal reading of man as a physical manifestation of God "created in his image" but rather as representing ideotypes) with inaspectstellegent life on other planets. It would be a manifestation of a God's omnipotence and delight with creating various aspects of creations, like various forms of fauna and flora on earth.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:15:45 AM PDT

    •  Sorry about typing error "representing ideotypes) (1+ / 0-)
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      with inaspectstellegent life on other planets." Should be "with intelligent life on other planets." For some weeks DailyKos hasn't worked fully on this connection, can't correct errors, rec. comments, directly move down reading entrees, add diaries. No idea why.

      "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

      by TofG on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:22:46 AM PDT

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    •  Me neither. (1+ / 0-)
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      The god of fundamentalism is pretty small.

      Evolution is an amazing mechanism which makes adaptability an indispensible key ingredient in developing life on planets contending with all kinds of variables.

      It would be a manifestation of a God's omnipotence and delight with creating various aspects of creations, like various forms of fauna and flora on earth.
      That, too.  Nicely stated.  :-)  

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 06:09:25 AM PDT

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    •  The Reason (4+ / 0-)
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      If they admit to a non-literal reading of Genesis, they have to admit that parts of the Bible are meant to be read non-literally.  Then they have to answer the question with respect to every passage of the Bible.  It turns their spiritual ground into quicksand.

    •  I think I understand the reasoning. (0+ / 0-)

      Don't they need the fall of man in the garden of Eden in order to ensure that Jesus's sacrifice to cleanse the faithful of sin was required?  Isn't that kind of an important bit?

      If not, wouldn't we still be bound to the old rules requiring us to sacrifice animals, stone gays, burn witches, women silent in the churches, etc..?

      I've never read the bible other than a few lines here and there (and don't care to, it's dreadful), but from my understanding, this appears to be what is super-important among the faithful.  After all, we only exist in sin because of the fall.  Presumably if the fall didn't happen, we'd all get a ticket to heaven without trying.

      If an old Earth were true, then man couldn't have fallen in the garden, hence Jesus's sacrifice didn't need to happen.  Now, I get that if Jesus was symbolic (a-historical, in other words), then you don't need a garden for the fall to happen either.  But from my understanding, most christians believe that Jesus was a real person.  Certainly, fundies do.

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