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When we take some of the bible stories literally, are we losing a lesson of a metaphor?

In this question and answer session, D. Blair Smith responds to an audience question regarding taking Bible stories literally and whether that mitigates the lessons found in a metaphorical reading.

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D. Blair Smith

D. Blair Smith, is the Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at RTS Charlotte. Blair earned his Th.M. in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, where he wrote his thesis on “Athanasius’s Trinitarian Theology of Redemption, with Special Reference to the Holy Spirit.”  He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology (Patristics) at Durham University in England under Professor Lewis Ayres, one of the world’s leading patristic scholars. Blair is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and served for more than seven years as the Pastor of Adult Education at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

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