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  • It also misunderstands the very nature of faith, in that it in no way conflicts with science, which is largely the point here.

    So... about that six day thing... no conflict?
    • So... about that six day thing... no conflict?

      Since that is not in the Bible, yes, no conflict. What the Genesis account actually refers to are indefinite time periods, which many have translated as "days."

      That said, even if it did, science does not exclude the possibility of the supernatural. That's a common misunderstanding of science.
      • Since that is not in the Bible, yes, no conflict.

        I guess that is the great thing about Christianity... you can choose your flavor.

        My bible, a King James Version, most definitely has it in there.

        Genesis chapter 1
         
        Day #    Verses
          1        1 - 5
          2        6 - 8
          3        9 - 13
          4        14 - 19
          5        20 - 23
          6        24 - 31

        An

        • My bible, a King James Version, most definitely has it in there.

          So? The original Hebrew is unclear about how long this time period is. It was translated as "day" but that is a judgment call by the translators.

          If the translations are that poor, then the entire work is suspect.

          If a translation is poor, that reflects on the original text? That's stupid.

          Look, you obviously a. don't understand the issues of textual criticism enough to have a serious discussion about it and b. don't give a damn about ha
          • So? The original Hebrew is unclear about how long this time period is. It was translated as "day" but that is a judgment call by the translators.

            The original Hebrew word used is "yom," which pretty much just means "day." I know there are some authorities out there who now claim that can mean an indefinite period, but pretty much any place where "yom" means an indefinite time period is either prophetic or poetic.

            It's my understanding that there's no linguistic reason to speculate that the Creation acc

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            • The original Hebrew word used is "yom," which pretty much just means "day." I know there are some authorities out there who now claim that can mean an indefinite period, but pretty much any place where "yom" means an indefinite time period is either prophetic or poetic.

              Yes, but that is just begging the question. The basic rule for the word is that context determines its meaning, just like our own "day." But the problem here is that *we don't know the context.* The Genesis account is unique. No humans were there to record it.

              It's my understanding that there's no linguistic reason to speculate that the Creation account has any meaning other than literal days.

              And no linguistic reason to speculate that it must mean literal days.

              The speculation that God said "day" to mean "time period" here in order to get the message across has some merit

              I don't see how that means anything different from what I said. The very question is what meaning was intended by the use of the word "day."