Pope Benedict: Bible Cannot Be Taken Literally
(11-19-2010, 06:51 AM)Clare Wrote:
(11-18-2010, 10:18 PM)Grasshopper Wrote: Next you'll be saying that St. Augustine wasn't a Church Father. In fact, you'll have to say that to be consistent with the above statement, because he didn't believe in a literal "six days" interpretation, and indeed cautioned against doing so.

He believed in Creation taking place in an instant, which is, of course, less than six days.

Either way, no Father believed Creation took longer than six days.

Either way, St. Augustine did not accept a literal interpretation of Genesis, which is my real point here. Neither did Origen, another of the Church Fathers:

"What intelligent person can imagine that there was a first “day,” then a second and a third “day”—evening and morning—without the sun, the moon, and the stars? [Sun, moon, and stars are created on the fourth "day."] And that the first “day”—if it makes sense to call it such—existed even without a sky? [The sky is created on the second "day."]

Who is foolish enough to believe that, like a human gardener, God planted a garden in Eden in the East and placed in it a tree of life, visible and physical, so that by biting into its fruit one would obtain life? And that by eating from another tree, one would come to know good and evil? And when it is said that God walked in the garden in the evening and that Adam hid himself behind a tree, I cannot imagine that anyone will doubt that these details point symbolically to spiritual meanings, by using an historical narrative which did not literally happen."

It simply is not true that all the Fathers accepted Genesis as literal truth. They argued about it, just like we do.

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Re: Pope Benedict: Bible Cannot Be Taken Literally - by Grasshopper - 11-19-2010, 07:47 AM

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