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Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by durgamata, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    I would use this as an opportunity for reminding the year 10's about the diversity of beliefs found in any religion and the two main ways of approaching the Bible in Christianity - Fundamentalist and Liberal.

    Fundamentalist denominations tend to have a literal approach, arguing that if God is all powerful and good (as most Christians believe) then the Bible is the book he wants us to have. He has guided all those who wrote the books it contains and all those who chose which books to include in our Bible - so even though it is a collection of lots of books written by many different people at different times in history, it can be regarded as the Word of God, literally true. If a Fundamentalist Christian believes the Creation Story to be literally true, they will reject the scientific evidence for evolution.

    A scientifically minded person, looking at the evidence in physics and biology for the Big bang and Evolution - and accepting these as true, might then reject Christianity and the concept of God, because the scientific evidence contradicts the concept of Creation in seven-days, which is in the Bible.

    But are things really as simple and 'black and white' as that?

    No, because many Christians believe both in the Bible and in the truths that science reveals.

    How is that possible? They tend to be Liberal Christians who approach the Bible in a different way - understanding that it contains different kinds of writing - and the Creation Story is from the Genre of Oral Tradition.

    Oral Tradition is full of truth but it is poetic, symbolic truth - in ancient times there was no such thing as scientific knowledge so important things were woven into stories, poems and songs and passed down by word of mouth. The creation story is from that genre.

    So Liberal Christians may read it to get the spiritual truth about there being a source and a meaning for the universe - and it is good - and people have a unique relationship with the creator 'made in His Image' and 'in relationship' with 'him.' There is no contradiction with science because they are looking at the world in different ways.

    In fact many Christians might argue that on its own science is not enough because it only looks at the physical world, answering questions about 'what' and not at the inner aspect of life which is about 'why'.

    Liberal Christians might say that you need the scientific and spiritual insights to see the full truth, like seeing with two eyes to get clear perspective

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