Brian Jordan wrote:Sorry Michael, I understood Biblical literalism to include the belief that the Bible is the actual words of God. It seems a bit Jesuitical to then consider them as allegorical. I'll put it down to semantics because I can't do theology.
The trouble is that many evangelicals think you must take everything literally and can get very upset if you suggest Job and Jonah were not historical characters let alone nudist scrumpers. Until the Reformation there was little literalism and it has come even more to the fore in the last 100 years