There are those that maintain literalism and fundamentalism are modern importations into Christian belief.
That's a hard argument to validate. In a pre-modern world there were few other ways to view the Bible. Propositional truth was the default position outside a cloistered cadre of intellectuals who whispered amongst themselves. Hector Avalos reminds us what it was like for our forebears back in the 17th century.
Hector Avalos: Galileo, the Bible and Science
I hate to say it but this time uncle Hector seems to be less radical than you, he seems sensibly not to import 20th C categories back in his time machine but judges the issues without reference to fundamentalism. Though his point (when we return from the early modern period to today) is strong.ReplyDelete
Foolish Christians, trying to put a different spin on history.ReplyDelete
Who exactly is this foolish Christian you refer to? And what spin are they attempting?ReplyDelete
Good article, Gavin, thanks for sharing the link. Minimalist, you have inferred a good many things about Christian history that may or may not be true (e.g. Paul's role in the establishment of Christianity and his relationship with the other apostles). Shouldn't you hold yourself to the same standard you demand of others? What makes your version of history superior to Hector's? What FACTS did he get wrong?ReplyDelete
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