Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by Dead_pool, Aug 1, 2015.
I've unfortunately never gotten around to reading Pratchett, so i can neither confirm nor deny.
This may help
God of the gaps is a poor theological argument and TBH only really has any meaning if you're a young earth creationist.
When i got to the concept of the O'Reilly paradox, i couldn't help but giggle.
To debate the creation myth as it stands in Christianity is sacrilege though, at least according to the Gospel of Matthew.
Only if you interpret Matthew in a certain way. Certainly St Augustine didn't feel that way.
Yeah, it's quite an irony at how the more technology develops, the more theology moves from metaphor to fact.
To an extent that's because of the evolution of our relationship with the written word.
Come now, you're selling the role confirmation bias plays rather short.
Confirmation of what though? Grammatical-historical interpretation is not the norm in Christianity and has only gained prominence relatively recently.
I was alluding to how the more that scientific knowledge seems to grow, and ultimately contradict the biblical narrative as written, the greater the number of people subscribing to literalism seems to be, i probably should have used the term "backfire effect" though.
I don't know, I think that the internet has just made it easier for them to be heard.
It depends what your point of divergence is, are we talking about the time of St. Augustine, or are we talking about the advent of the internet, it's probably inarguable that the percentage of the population who takes the bible literally is smaller than it was at the beginning of the information age, but the viewpoint of it being a compendium of parables and metaphors seemed to be the consensus thought for most of history, so the question arises, at what point did literalism reach it's apex, and how do the current statistics relate to Christendom throughout history.
Literalism is really a school of thought that's associated from the American puritan churches, especially the brethren movement. These started to gain traction in the mid 19th century.
And there was me thinking the brethren didn't talk to anyone.
True Plymouth Brethren are insular, however 19th century America was a time of social pioneering and religion was no exception. Brethren offshoots were influential in the churches that would subsequently form.
Hence we are where we are now, with a large number of folks in this modern age with access to all the literature to prove otherwise, and yet the unwavering conviction the holy book is a document of historical record, if only they kept to themselves in the first place.
But they've given us so much, literalism, end times theology, zionism...... :bang:
I always took it as social commentary on the behavioural patterns of many individuals within certain faiths than a theological argument per se.
If that is taken as true, just what does you god do?
Interfer with things on a statistically non valid scale?
Only deal with the afterlife?
Just what is your God for?
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