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Re: Higher Critical method in Orthodoxy

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  • Oruaseht
    Thanks for these reassuring words!
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 31, 2010
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      Thanks for these reassuring words!

      --- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, randall hay <stortford@...> wrote:
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      > I'll give a different perspective: no saint or father of the church has ever believed in evolution. In Orthodoxy DEATH HAPPENED BECAUSE OF SIN. THERE WAS NO NEED FOR DEATH BEFORE SIN. WE FOULED UP CREATION BY SIN; GOD DID NOT CREATE THE WORLD A SLAUGHTERHOUSE.
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      > The Serbian calendar--as published by St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood---lists 2010 as the years 7000-something in world history. I forget exactly which year...but certainly not the year 3-billion-something.
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      > All the fathers agree completely on the historicity of Genesis, and of all the OT. Gnostics like Marcion were the ones who doubted it; while the fathers often employ allegorical hermeneutics, they position themselves quite opposite the Gnostics.
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      > Most fathers take the days of Genesis as literal 24-hour days. No father I've ever read (and I've been reading them for twelve years) ever suggested the earth was ancient at the time of Adam and Eve.
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      > The greatest scientist of my lifetime, Francis Crick, didn't believe in evolution. When he discovered the incredible complexity of DNA he realized it could never have evolved....hence he came up with the theory of "directed panspermia," that aliens from outer space seeded genetic material in the universe. If you google it you'll find plenty of info. Even Richard Dawkins, the GOD DELUSION guy, suggested it might have been possible.
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      > From: Oruaseht <oruaseht@...>
      > To: LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Tue, March 30, 2010 12:19:50 PM
      > Subject: [LutheransLookingEast] Higher Critical method in Orthodoxy
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      > I'm currently reading Timothy Ware's "The Orthodox Church." One of the footnotes in the book, p.218, says:
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      > "The opening chapters of Genesis are of course concerned with certain religious truths, and are not to be taken as literal history. Fifteen centuries before modern Biblical criticism, Greek Fathers were already interpreting the Creation and Paradise stories symbolically rather than literally."
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      > This smacks of liberal protestantism, the kind I rebelled against in Seminary. Next thing you know, Jesus didn't rise from the tomb, because He was actually a transexual Nazi Eskimo who didn't exist.
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      > Does Timothy Ware speak for all of Orthodoxy in this footnote?
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