Did Darwin Kill God

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to see what early biblical scholars

made of this.

What I find will be a surprise

to many - even some Christians.

Ah, this is the man I'm looking for,

Philo of Alexandria,

a first-century Jewish philosopher.

Philo noticed that in the Bible there were

several passages which contradicted each other.

Rather than this being a problem, Philo saw

this as a clue to how the Bible should be read.

For Philo, there were

always two meanings - a literal one,

which told us what happened, and an allegorical

one, which communicated a deeper meaning.

For him, sometimes the allegorical

was more important than the literal.

If in scripture

we came across a contradiction,

that told us not to take it at face

value, to look for a deeper meaning.

That is what Philo did with

the first two chapters of Genesis.

For him, chapter one was an attempt to

make sense of the creation of the world.

It was about the meaning

of existence itself.

The message was

that creation was a gift -

God had created something

from nothing.

Chapter two had a different message.

It focused

on what it meant to be human.

The story of Adam and Eve eating fruit from

the Tree of Knowledge, of good and evil,

and being banished from the Garden of Eden

was describing the fallibility of human nature.

For Philo, the two accounts were

myths in the true sense of the term,

stories that reveal deeper truths

about these fundamental aspects of life.

'I've come to the Ecole Biblique

to meet Father Gregory Tatum,

'to see if these views were typical

of early Christians. '

The Church approaches

the Bible in recognising that

truth takes many forms -

by its nature, it's complex.

So it's not traditional to interpret

Genesis literally? It is not.

The Fathers of the Church would not

have asked, "Is the Bible true or false?"

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