I am engaged in a discussion with Hephzibah in another thread.
We were discussing the story of Adam and Eve and the happenings in Eden, when I asked the following question:
In your opinion, are we dealing with allegory in this particular story...or are we dealing with "what is?" Do you consider this to be the way humanity was created...and that the first man and woman were actually placed in a garden with this tree we are discussing...or is this merely an allegory...a mythology of ancient peoples?
I believe this story is the truth, not a myth. Not something made up by a bunch of ancient people trying to explain existance or how we were created.
To be certain I understood her correctly, I followed up with:
Just to be sure I understand you...
...you think the story as stated is the way humanity came into existence...and you think the god that created the world made humans the way described...and put them into a physical place (Eden) under the conditions stated...and that human existence proceeded from that point as described in the Bible?
I'm not sure how she is going to respond, (I'll ask her to post her response here) but I thought I'd take this opportunity to begin a thread dealing with the issue.
Who among the theists here (who accept the Bible as a special book of God) think the story of Adam and Eve in Eden...and the associated stories in Eden...represent the truth...the actuallity...the way that humans were created and the way the god of the Bible first interacted with them?
Who among you think it is merely allegory?
I'd enjoy discussing it.