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Old 21st January 2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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Religious Fanatics

Science has been working with Religion as a constant drag on the necessary interchange of findings. As an example I was talking with a very intelligent small town man who goes to church faithfully. He wanted to clear up a question I might have regarding the book of Genesis. He said obviously something was awry with the story of Cain and Abel; that after murdering Abel Cain could not have found a wife in distant land as his people were the first. He gave me a sincere stare and said "Cain had to marry an Ape". I had to work hard on a straight face. That was funny but at least he saw something wrong with the biblical account.
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Old 21st January 2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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Well, define 'ape'.

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Old 23rd January 2019, 08:09 AM   #3
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Well, seriously ....

In general, Christians have no problem reconciling with science. The majority do not expect OT legends to be the literal truth in any way.

Hard-core Bible followers of various kinds do have a problem, which most solve by rejecting any unpleasant scientific facts.

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Old 25th January 2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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IMHO fanaticism is not a issue of belief, no matter how stupid the b eliefs might be, but one of behavior.
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Old 26th January 2019, 03:55 AM   #5
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I tend to agree. You can find fanatics on any subject, but there are some belief systems that seem more fertile grounds for fanatism than others.

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Old 3rd February 2019, 05:40 AM   #6
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Is this the global warming thread?
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Old 18th February 2019, 05:33 PM   #7
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Do they think we are all descended from Cain and this "ape" he married?

I'm just trying to understand what he believes.
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Old 19th February 2019, 06:37 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by MRC_Hans View Post
Well, define 'ape'.

Well, at least according to Wikipedia, it includes us:
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This article is about the branch of primates which includes humans.
Ape (Wikipedia)
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Do they think we are all descended from Cain and this "ape" he married?

I'm just trying to understand what he believes.

He is obviously in the process of distancing himself from a literal reading of the Bible.
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Originally Posted by MRC_Hans View Post
Well, seriously ....

In general, Christians have no problem reconciling with science. The majority do not expect OT legends to be the literal truth in any way.

Hard-core Bible followers of various kinds do have a problem, which most solve by rejecting any unpleasant scientific facts.

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Do Christians reconcile with science only by rejecting the literal truth of OT legends. What about NT legends like the Virgin Birth, raising of people from death, and suchlike? Can they be reconciled with science?
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