A friend in Philadelphia sent me a clipping from The Evening Bulletin of July 2. The clip announced a new book by seven prominent British Protestant theologians, The Myth of God Incarnate, edited by John Hick, professor of theology at Birmingham University. The review said that “the book discusses the related Christian tradition that Christ was also the son of God and concludes these early references were ‘essentially poetic language’.… There is nothing new about the central themes of this book. The history of Christianity includes various theological developments. The development is continuing. That the historical Jesus did not present himself as God incarnate is accepted by all.… Christian laymen today are not fully aware of it.” Hick said the book aimed “to enable [Christians] to maintain their faith in the light of modern scientific and philosophical developments.”
We could quote many such statements about Genesis. The myth story of creation is often referred to. Many people who have gone to Sunday School and church all their lives have never known that an intelligent person could believe that the early chapters of the Bible were history. I remember well the shocked outcry of a girl who heard that we believed Genesis to be fact. She had never been told that the Bible was God’s revealed truth to man rather than man’s search for God.
As a matter of fact, this is just where Fran and I met—in the midst of a similar conversation in 1932 at a Christian endeavor meeting in a Presbyterian church. The leader for the evening had joined the Unitarian Church but had come back to be on the program. His topic was “How I know the Bible is not the Word of God, and How I know Jesus is Not the Son of God.” Fran had just come back from his ...1
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