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A storybook Bible

Some consider intelligent design repackaged creationism, but these concepts differ from one another on a vital point. While creationism tried to explain the origin of man and the world through a word for word interpretation of the Bible, intelligent design is trying to be part of modern scientific theory on the subject. This difference shows a radical change in thought: the world has moved into an era of science and reason, and we find Christian mythology trying to keep up.

No longer can fundamentalist live by interpreting every word of the Bible literally, which is good because these stories are not to be taken at face value. For every tale in the book, there is the literal plot, and there is the spiritual subtext that cannot be obtained through a literal interpretation. No, Jesus was not an immaculate conception, but what could his birth stand for symbolically? No, Jesus did not physically resurrect his body from the grave and walk among his followers, but what is the story trying to say about Jesus’ death and his teachings? I have no answers for these questions; the real answers lie in the reader, and no place else.

Robert George



Oregon House


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