Leave it to the Brits….
British theologian and Anglican cleric Keith Ward contends that the growing role of science in the world, where countries depend upon scientists and inventors to drive their economies, has led to a growing literalism.
Or so reports Michelle Boorstein on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog. Writes Boorstein;
“Keith Ward, a British philosopher who was for years the canon of Oxford’s cathedral, argued that the rise of science has led in the Judeo-Christian world to two things: literalism, because people no longer value things they can’t prove, and secularism, because critical thought can tend to shift people to look at the Bible like any other book..”
I sorta see the point, especially when you examine modern Christian ‘apologetics’ which ‘must prove’ the bible ‘100%’ true or else none of it is true. Or the YEC’ers.
I blame science…. and people who have no real notion of Christian interpretative history.