Reason #37 why I’m not a Roman Catholic

The Pope’s Astronomer is claiming that six day literal creationism is equivalent to paganism. Quite a suprise, since the literal interpretation is a valid interpretation of the Genesis account of creation. Apparently the papal astronomer has access to additional information that the rest of us do not. For added humor, the papal astronomer also disreputes papal infallibility.

Silly Roman Catholics, trying to be all trendy.

  1. Now, I don’t want to jump in over my head here, and certainly the last thing I want to do is call into question the feasibility of the scenario, but this one always gets me.

    According to teh account, which you insist on taking literally, the Sun (“the greater light to govern the day”) was not created until the fourth day [Genesis 1:16], I simply cannot parse what you mean by “six day literal creation”.

    I want it to be clear that I am not challenging feasibility.

    My point is merely that ‘day’ is a relative term, based on having a fixed frame of reference. During creation ex nihilo, there can be no fixed frame of reference.

    Creation is an event beyond coherent explanation. Saying that the Creation event took “literally” six days seems absurd, because there was no such thing as a day during most of the event.

  2. I do in fact “insist on taking literally” the Genesis account. However, this is not a central doctrine of my faith, nor do I claim to understand it perfectly (in fact, I could be very wrong). I think part of the point of creation is that we don’t understand the power that God used to implement Creation. However, I take issue with the papal astronomer calling the notion of six-day creationism “paganism” because I have yet to see a valid contextual argument against it.

    However, to speak to your point regarding the sun, you’ll note that in Genesis 1:3-5, God created light and darkness and there was evening and morning. The term “day” is defined in the context of the passage on the very first day. In fact, the definition given matches perfectly with our usus loquendi for the term “day”, which is an evening and a morning (disregarding order, since the Hebrews count a day from sunset to sunset).

  3. So what are the 36 other reasons?

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