The resurrection of Christ is not a figure of speech -- there is no slippery
slope here. One just has to realize what the difference between sacred and
secular history is.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> After much pondering, Marc A. Schindler favored us with:
> >People think Churchill's remark that sometimes a truth is so precious that
> >it has
> >to be protected by numerous lies is a cynical reading of history, but
> >there's a
> >lot of wisdom to that. It doesn't matter when Jericho's walls came
> >tumbling down.
> >It's pretty certain that they didn't tumble when Joshua's account said
> >they did,
> >but so what? That's not the point.
>
> I think it makes a lot of difference whether or not Moses was a liar.  It
> also makes a lot of difference whether or not we may rely upon the Bible
> for anything.  I understand the qualifier in the Article of Faith.  But if
> the story of the wall tumbling is not to be taken literally, perhaps we
> shouldn't take the story of the Israelites in Egypt seriously
> either.  Maybe the resurrection of Christ was just a figure of speech.
>
> I think we are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water when
> we start labeling as figurative those things that might be literally
> true.  And we need to remember that just because something is symbolism,
> doesn't mean that is not also literally true.  Literal facts can serve as
> symbols.
>
> I would like to see a thread on how we separate the figurative from the
> literal in scripture.  Do we just automatically assume a thing is only a
> figure of speech if it doesn't fit in with our naturalistic interpretation
> of the human past?
>
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "Atheistic humanism is the opiate of the self-described
> intellectuals" --Uncle Bob
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> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not
technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we don’t want
a world of engineers.” – Sir Winston Churchill (1950)

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