Sailing the Waters Above

Sailing the Waters Above September 9, 2013

The above screenshot from a Yahoo! question came my way via Facebook. Most felt it to be a parody. If so, it is a good one – taking the Bible at its word and insisting on its literal truthfulness about a detail that most self-proclaimed literalists are happy to ignore. Perhaps I should do a series arguing for the literal truthfulness of every single detail in the Bible, precisely as written and understood at face value, irrespective of extrabiblical data, rejecting science, and unconcerned about how foolish the result is, just to show how much of the Bible young-earth creationist charlatans could “defend” but don't?

On this topic, see Arni Zachariassen's recent post on the fact that he accepts evolution because he is a Christian. In it, he quotes Pannenberg and discusses ancient Israelite cosmology, including offering this picture which has also been shared on this blog in the past:



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  • TomS

    I have been told that one is not to take the Bible literally in those cases in which it is obvious that it is not meant to be taken literally. I suppose that the Fable of the Trees in Judges 9:8-15 would be an example of this. I would suggest that this be taken into account if one is going to come up with examples of literalism in the Bible – examples which today cannot be taken literally, but in the past were taken literally. And the only example of this that I can think of is geocentrism, which was certainly taken literally by everybody up until the year 1500 or so; but by practically nobody today.
    I think that it would be interesting to have a list of examples if they come up to this high standard, but better that the list be short rather than include examples which could be dismissed with “nobody would ever take that literally”.

  • spinkham

    What makes me grumpy: Cultural assumptions about cosmology are the word of God forever, but systematic and governmental systems of care for the poor (like gleaning and the 3rd year tithe) are cultural and to be totally ignored in favor of personal charity to whom you 1) know about personally and 2) feel to be deserving. Grrr.