Re: dealing with creationism and intelligent
Chandler Davis quoth:
some scientists are
Christians (or other) and say that the
Genesis account of the origin of
life is perfectly true but only metaphorically.
seems confused. The fundamentalists say Genesis 1 - 3 is
literally true - they deny that it should be interpreted
metaphorically. This fundamentalism arose only a century ago.
It is anything but traditional Christianity.
mainstream Christian position has always been that this is among the
most figurative parts of the Bible. I go further and deny that
it can be understood literally by an honest, informed
person today - so the notion that it should be
does not arise. I then argue that the fundies' insistence on
affirmation of the nonsense slogan 'the first 3 chapters of the Bible,
plus you get your Noah story, must be understood literally' is
totalitarian in much the same sense as 'the Slavs are subhuman' or the
most notorious 'the Jews have been causing nearly all our troubles in
Germany lately': these are slogans that cannot be honestly believed,
so to affirm them amounts to a declaration that you are blindly
obedient to the bosses of the sect that propounds them.
virulently anti-religion campaigners like Dawkins use
"creationism" as a straw man to knock down, as if they were
refuting Christianity, they are being at best extremely lazy (in
failing to ascertain the traditional Christian doctrine on
evolution). At worst, they are aware that