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July 23, 2007


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Jim Farmelant

I think it's probably more accurate to say that for most religious believers, their claims partake of both being mythological claims and of being metaphysical claims, generally without much in the way of any clear distinctions between the two. In the US, millions of people believe that the world was literally created in six days less than 10,000 years ago. And they quite literally believe such in such things as in stories of miracles and the Resurrection of Jesus. On the other hand, there has long interested a tendency among the better educated believers to reduce their religious beliefs to metaphysical claims while taking the mythological aspects of belief as mere allegories. Theologians like Paul Tillich pushed this approach to the limit back in the 20th century. And back then people like Sidney Hook objected that that theologians like Tillich were making claims that were not even principle testable or falsifiable. In fact Hook was inclined to believe that Tillich was really an atheist who didn't want to admit to it. Curiously enough, critics of Tillich from the theological right also made similar criticisms of him too.

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