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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-10 01:26 AM
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41. I can't answer for all liberal Christians, but
my denomination bases its doctrine on the "three-legged stool" of Scripture, tradition, and reason.

For one thing, not all of the Bible is stories. Some of it is poetry, some of it is essays on human nature, some of it is like an anthropological account of the culture of an ancient people.

It varies with the section. If you do an in-depth study, you ask questions about why a particular story or episode was included, what historical corroboration there is for the stories (there is some, starting in the period of Kings and Chronicles), and what part is ancient PR, who might have written each section and for what purpose.

You may have heard of retired Bishop John Shelby Spong and may know that he is very much a non-literalist and critical of fundamentalism and the evangelical movement.

Well, he preached at my former parish one Sunday, and the text was the book of Jonah. Now he didn't waste time on whether Jonah could have really lived for three days inside a whale (or even a big fish, which is what the text actually says). Of course Jonah couldn't have. But that's not the point of the story, which is about more than being fish bait. It's about letting your prejudices and self-centeredness get in the way of what you're supposed to do.
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