From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) catholic acceptance of genesis Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 09:31:25 -0700 Marc: a few gentle semantic corrections ... You wrote: > Also, from a Catholic perspective, I don't think the presence of the > rainbow is important to Urth of the New Sun's flood. It is merely a > symbol - there is the idea that the first 11 chapters of Genesis or > so are simply a story that helps justify the ways of God to man in a > a primitive fashion that primitive man could understand; its literal > truth is not as important as its functional truth. First, I would say that, for a Catholic, the entire Bible is literally _true._ However, it is not necessary _factual_. This is functionally equivalent to what I believe you are trying to say, but a more useful way of making the distinction. Second, never say "merely a symbol" wrt Catholicism; the whole Catholic practice is based on symbols that actually implement the reality they symbolize, a/k/a "sacraments," symbols of grace which actually serve as vessels of the grace which they symbolize. Symbols are not, to a Catholic, "mere." Yours for semantic hygiene, --Blattid --