I'mma just slide in here...
Maybe you clarified this on another page, page but AlphaT do you believe it's possible the flood really did happen but could've been local? Unrung, do you think there's any merit to the flood being local? And also Alpha, does that mean you don't think Noah actually existed?
"AlphaT" wrote: As my opponent is familiar with, a passage in Genesis 41 says that all the people of Egypt came to Joseph to buy grain. This is obviously not saying that every egyptian citizen purchased grain from Joseph. This book is filled with figurative language, and the type of language used in the flood narrative reads the same exact way. Now, if this is so, then there is a danger that my opponent’s arguments could actually distract our attention from what the science actually shows us.
I don't see the point in quoting the Joseph story. That's one line and an obvious hyperbole. The flood story doesn't read exactly like that at all. It's pretty detailed. It tells how old Noah was when this came about, the specifics of the ark. If anything in Genesis reads like it could be allegorical I'd point to the creation account, not the flood.
"AlphaT" wrote:Evidence seems to suggest that the Old Testament writers were not convinced that a flood covered the entire earth, as they themselves were ignorant of the entire earth
How are OT writers sure God created the Heavens and the Earth? They weren't aware of deep space, the numerous other galaxies we can see with the Hubble Telescope. They weren't aware of China and North America and the world's thousands of islands either.
I think they were convinced in a global flood. How do you view Gen. 8:9?
Another question I want to pose to both of you, and anyone else, is what do you think the moral of the story is? And is the power of that moral diminished if the flood isn't historically accurate?
"Myshkin" wrote: "Jolly-Rancher206" wrote: Just to say, I'm not trying to uphold myself as some Jesus-figure, etc., etc.
I should have asked before: do you actually think there is an objective morality? That people have objective worth regardless of opinion?
Why are you conflating the two? I don't know about objective morality, but I do think people have objective worth beyond opinion.
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"Kirsti" wrote:I read a interesting book where italics were used for speaking instead of quotations, I think that was cool and unique (: I also read a book and it had haikus for chapter titles, which was awesome
Hm, well most authors use italics for internal dialogue. I think my brain would hurt if it were used for speaking. Haiku chapter titles seems cool. What book was it?
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