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What do I mean when I say that these stories ‘act on us as myth does’?
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cheap Canada Goose Although men of faith usually will have a certain level of confirmation bias, such as depicted in Father Longenecker’s comment that “Myth connects with the deeper parts of our shared consciousness within our humanity. Great stories of mythical heroes who go on a quest, interactions with gods and goddesses, all the great stories of the world engage us at a deep level and we connect with the events and drama in a ceremonial and symbolic way using a language that is deeper than canada goose outlet store quebec words and explications. The stories of the beginning of Genesis do as well, with the exception that these are not fanciful stories as the pagan myths are, but stories based in real events.” cheap Canada Goose
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Perhaps more importantly however, we know the claim that God forged first man from clay is not at all uncommon to the realm of myth. The Greeks believed this same myth, most prominently detailed in the myth of Prometheus. Hesiod (c. 700 BCE) wrote that Prometheus shaped man out of mud, and Athena breathed life into his clay figure, meanwhile Pandora, the first mortal woman, was formed by Hephaestus out of clay on behest of almighty Zeus. Likewise, in the ancient Babylonian creation myth, Enuma Elish, the goddess Ninhursag created humans from clay. Also, in Africa, the Yoruba culture holds that the god Obatala likewise created the human race out of clay. In Egyptian mythology, the ram headed god Khnum made people from clay in the waters of the Nile. In Chinese myth, the goddess Nuwa created the first humans from mud and clay. A Mayan myth holds that Tepeu and Kukulkn (Quetzalcoatl) made the first humans from clay, along with the Mori people of New Zealand who believe that Tne Mahuta, god of the forest, created the first woman out of clay and breathed canada goose outlet seattle life into her. The common themes of fashioning humans from clay and deities breathing life into them has been with us, in various forms, for tens of centuries.
buy canada goose jacket What, other than special pleading, can Father Longenecker offer in the way of evidence that the first few Chapters of Genesis are more historically accurate than these other myths? There is nothing that I am aware of. Moreover, why are we asked to take it on faith that the fable of a talking snake is not any canada goose outlet locations in toronto more fanciful than any other story or myth? Again, there is nothing to suggest it canada goose outlet hong kong is any less fantastic than the others, and to the contrary, it canada goose outlet online uk does not seem to be historical in the slightest. Any assumed historicity of the Garden of Eden myth is merely a case of special pleading which is proved in the very next sentence when Longenecker claims these stories are based in real events. As we have seen, however, we can find no “real” events which would demarcate canada goose outlet in canada this myth from a long history of equivalent myths. buy canada goose jacket
Canada Goose sale Maybe we have overlooked a specific element unique to the Adam and Eve story which somehow ties it to genuine history? Let’s see: are talking snakes, full of guile and charm, perhaps a historical reality? Nope. Maybe a tree of life/knowledge with magical fruit? No, I’m afraid not. Why not? Because this too is a canada goose uk site common theme in various world religions, according to Wikipedia: Canada Goose sale
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So canada goose jacket outlet although I do not disagree with Longenecker’s assessment about the profundity of powerful language usage and symbolism in literature, I must question his judgment when it comes to determining the difference between history and myth.
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In fact, it is commonly understood, most stories are predicated on the human experience and incorporate real events as a way to make their themes more engaging. What I find perplexing though, is without any evidence, how Christians can claim their story is historically valid whereas all the rest aren’t. As we have seen, this is false. There is nothing to distinguish the Adam and Eve story as anything other than myth.
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The Christian historian Thom Stark, in his book canada goose clothing uk The Human Faces of God, clarifies this point when he talks about another Bible story habitually mistaken as a literal representation of history, which is the story of Jonah and his “whale.” Stark asserts, “Aspects of the story such as Jonah’s being swallowed by a large fish, then spat out in one piece onto dry land canada goose outlet legit several days later, are big clues that what we are dealing with is a fictional short story with canada goose outlet store new york a theological message.”.