The following comments were made on a post, entitled, Cardinal Pell, Richard Dawkins, Adam and Eve, from a "traditionalist" page called Unam Sanctam Catholicam. Steve Dalton's words will be in blue; "Affe's" in green.
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Cardinal Pell was quoted, from his recent debate with the atheist Richard Dawkins:
Well Adam and Eve are terms that mean ‘life’ and ‘earth’. Like an Everyman. It’s a beautiful, sophisticated, mythological account. It’s not science. But it’s there to tell us two or three things. First of all that God created the world and universe. Secondly that the key to the whole universe is humans. And thirdly it’s a very sophisticated mythology to try to explain the evil and the suffering in the world….It’s a religious story told for religious purposes.
"Boniface" sums up his article as follows:
It is good to have dialogue for the purpose of defending our faith and giving an answer to the heathen. But if the result of the debate is going to be that Christians go away more confused than before, then it becomes folly. Trying to present sophisticated, modern interpretations of the Faith that explain away or mythologize the Scriptures do not help Catholics strengthen their faith; it simply confuses them and makes us look like idiots.
I fully agree. But Steve "scotju" Dalton: a Catholic "traditionalist" who takes it upon himself to frequently bring up my name in public Internet venues, and almost always in a derogatory sense, thinks I would disagree with Boniface and agree with Cardinal Pell.
"Boniface" and Dalton first yucked it up about my turning up on sites where distortions of my beliefs are bandied about, with the former observing:
Are you trying to goad DA into showing up here and debating about it, LOL? I have noticed that mentioning DA's name in any combox inevitably conjures him up - we call it "getting Armstronged."