Genesis and gender

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“Texts are created, at least in part, to answer specific questions, and no text can be compelled to answer all questions; and forcing a text to answer questions it was not written to address will create inevitable distortions.

To say this is not in contradiction to a high view of scripture; it is to say that we cannot derive answers about animal husbandry from the story of Gerasene demoniac simply because pigs are mentioned. It is a mark of basic respect for, even submission to, a Biblical text to let it make the points for which it was written, not the points we want it to be making.

It also prevents us from throwing all our pigs into the sea for no good reason.”

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