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Bill,

Perhaps not quite as much as you think. The category "truth of faith" includes salvation-history that records God's actual redemptive acts, not just free-floating concepts like "God redeems his people". But how much of the apparent history is that? This rule cannot answer that question, so is less useful than it might seem.

Indeed, it is a bit silly if taken literally and alone. If we can show that Luke's recording of the nautical minutiae in Acts 27 are not essential salvation- history, does this mean they are allegorical? That would be absurd. So, I think we need to go further than this quotation to be properly guided.

When some kind of problem appears in the text of the Bible like the flood, I take the approach of Isaac Luria that placed the narrative in higher worlds [Emanation]. I think this idea goes back to Plato that there are two levels of reality--the real world of ideas and the material world.

Oh dear. I made a "rookie error" grammatically in my third last sentence. It should read "If we can show that Luke's recording of the nautical minutiae in Acts 27 is not essential salvation-history, does this mean it is allegorical?"

Per scientific cosmology, light that is electromagnetic radiation certainly existed much before the ordinary sources i.e. sun and the stars existed. So, this particular problem does not bother me. Indeed, it is a mark of genius (or amazing luck) for the writer of Genesis to have written so.

I think the way people in the Middle Ages did this was to say when the simple explanation is possible then you go with that. If not then you look for the allegory

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