Friday, December 06, 2013

Just the facts, ma'am

This point is worth dwelling on for a moment longer: a mythical, figurative account of history in no way rules out the possibility that it may represent actual events. To say as much would be to misunderstand figurative language and its many possible uses. Wolters speaks of the “illusion” that figurative language is “somehow second best” when speaking of the events portrayed in Gen 1–11. There are those who feel as though it would be much more effective to have a scientifically accurate depiction of what actually transpired. “Figurative language is not necessarily a second-best way of conveying truth,” he says. “In some cases it is far more straightforward and effective than any other way of reporting facts."— Toward a Poetics of Genesis 1-11, page 63

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Ever read Narnia? C.S. Lewis manages to pack more theology into those books than some tomes of theology do. When you are dealing with God, any statement is incomplete and somewhat inaccurate (at best). Sometimes myth is the best way to express the truth...
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