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  •  To modern man, yes (4+ / 0-)
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    But not to the people who invented them,if that:s the right word. To them, these were actual happenings.

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    by wonderful world on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:13:10 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think so. (3+ / 0-)
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      To them, these were actual happenings.
      No, I disagree. It seems to me that this is a modern failure. Let's discuss Christianity for a moment. The ancients understood perfectly well that both Old and New Testaments were not to be taken literally: they were conveying a deeper story in words that we mere mortals could understand.

      Flash forward two thousand years, and you've got a bunch of idjits for whom the terms "metaphor" and "analogy" are blank slates. And the Earth is only, what, six thousand years old?

      No, I think it is we moderns who do not understand the power of myth and want to take everything literally.

      Our ancestors were smarter than that.

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      by Youffraita on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:19:46 PM PDT

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