A hermeneutical approach in which the Bible is understood as accurate historical narrative throughout, with the exception of parts clearly stated not to be so.

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Does being a Christian mean being a Bible literalist?

Where are the lines for Bible literalism in the Christian faith? Are all aspects of the Bible treated with the same level of literal belief (as actual history), or are some parts considered to be ...
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By what mechanism could the Bible be inerrant?

For those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (or those who understand the positions of those who do), how can the Bible have this status given all the opportunities for any message delivered by ...
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What does Matthew 5:27-30 (“Cast off your eye/hand/etc”) mean?

For reference, here's the text of Matthew 5:27-30: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already ...
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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

In my conversations with Young Earth Creationists (YECs), I have on occasion heard the argument that I must interpret Genesis literally, otherwise the entire gospel, culminating at salvation, ...
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How do Bible Literalists deal with trees older than the flood?

According to Answers in Genesis, the flood happened in approximately 2348 BC, which means it would've happened about 4360 years ago. Wikipedia has a list of the oldest individual trees known, of which ...
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If Christianity speaks out against the use of “magic” does this mean “magic” is literally real?

If the bible opposes the practice of magic does this mean its claims of "magic" are literally real (as opposed to metaphorically)? If so, is there scientific proof of the existence of "magic"? Is ...
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What is the meaning of Psalm 137:9

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Whenever I debate someone about Bible literal-ism they usually mention Psalm 137:9 KJV. Based on the Protestant ...
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According to the young-earth perspective, when were races created?

From Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. How come we have so many races on earth if we came from the same parent? Is it because people changed physically by adapting to various climates? Or races were ...
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If humans are now genetically tainted by corruption, what was perfection like?

I have frequently heard the argument that various human frailties, such as dying of old age, are the result of corruption after the original sin; less frequently, but often enough to get my attention, ...
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Biblical literalness and the speed of light [duplicate]

How do biblical literalists defend that if a star is 10 million light years away and we can see the light from it, therefore the Earth would have to be at least 10 million years old? That is, ...
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How do Old Earth Literalist handle the Biblical Earth age?

I find it a confusing paradox, maybe someone can help clear this up. If someone considers themselves to be a Biblical Literalist AND an Old Earth Creationist, how do you handle the dates within the ...
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Literality of Matthew 13:44?

I brought up Matthew 13:44 (see below for text) as related to this answer, though it was only tangentially related. I brought up the question Is that not a literal passage? along with the verse, and ...
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How does a biblical literalist interpret the tale of David and Goliath?

Affable Geek's answer to What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally? mentioned the possibility of non-literalists interpreting the story of David and Goliath as a "tale that grew in the ...
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What was the population of the world at the time of the flood?

I understand that from the perspective of those who take the Bible literally, the global flood took place about 2400 B.C. and that the world began about 4000 B.C., giving 1600 years of human ...
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Is Thomas More's reading of “This is my body” a literal one by modern standards?

Thomas More, whose birthday it is today (7 February), was a strong defender of Catholic eucharistic theology. In his Answer to a poisoned book (1533), a reply to a Zwinglian tract probably written by ...
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How and when do I take God's word literally? [closed]

Every time I talk to a non-believer, they reference several things that they think make their argument stronger. When I talk about what God says for us not and not to do, they bring up things like ...
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John 14:2: a literal house / temple or heaven

In John, Jesus is speaking of Heaven. However in Matthew he's talking about a physical temple. John 14:2 NIV 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that ...
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Can Trinity be taught only from Bible? [duplicate]

Is it possible to teach the concept of Trinity directly from the words of Bible (or sayings of Jesus), without any interpretation or explanation? Here interpretation or explanation excludes literal ...
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How much of Genesis 2 *actually* occurred? [closed]

Building on this question... How much of Genesis 2 actually occurred? And how do historians/biblical scholars know that it occurred?
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Sola Scriptura to the max

Our church - the whole Word of Faith group - teach to cross reference and word meaning research for Biblical interpretation as apposed to appeals to authority or logic/reasoning. All doctrines, ...