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<It might be somewhat more sensible to say that if something in scripture conflicts with science then it is either (a) allegorical, or (b) just plain wrong. I would be happy with this position.>

It might be, but in light of 2 Timothy 3:16 I would cease being a Christian if I accepted the 'just plain wrong'.

<In any event, the dogmatic insistence of fundamentalists in the non-metaphorical nature of the Bible leads me to wonder why this literal truth is so important to them. After all, Jesus spoke often in parables to his followers, so why should not the Bible speak to us in allegory? But apparently this idea is not acceptable even in the slightest degree. I would be very interested in your opinions on why they think this way.>

Because it creates for them a black and white world in an arena, Biblical exegesis, which would otherwise have a large number of grey areas.

Cheers,
madmikeyd
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