Posted: Apr 13, 2019 8:40 pm
by OlivierK
quas wrote:Francis Collins "moderation" stems from where? Where in the Bible does it command the believers to take everything that's written there with a pinch of salt? The most straightforward reading leads to literal interpretation.

I know I'm late to respond to this, but asking how moderate Christians could form a position without that position being strictly Biblically mandated amused me, given that the definition of moderation in this context is a rejection of strict Biblical literalism.

To attempt a sincere answer to the first question on the wellspring of moderation, I'd presume, from speaking to many moderate Christians of my acquaintance, that their moderation springs from having a personal moral system almost identical to my own as an atheist, that they then integrate things they find useful or meaningful from Christianity into, and that the Christian elements are most useful to them as a means to form community with other likeminded souls through their church attendance/activities. Your mileage may vary, but you should at least acknowledge that mileage variance is a thing.