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A Talking Snake? Bible Answer Man Hints That What Many Pastors Teach Isn’t Exactly True

On his website, Hanegraaff expands on the topic. “A literalistic interpretation does as much violence to the biblical text as a spiritualized interpretation that empties the text of all objective meaning,” he writes. “If the historical Adam and Eve did not eat the forbidden fruit and descend into a life of habitual sin, resulting in death, there would be no need for redemption.”

He adds, “If, on the other hand, Genesis were reduced to an allegory conveying merely abstract ideas about temptation, sin, and redemption, devoid of any correlation with actual events in history, the very foundation of Christianity would be destroyed.”

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Stephanie Martin, a freelance writer and editor in Denver, has spent her entire 30-year journalism career in Christian publishing. She loves the Word and words, is a binge reader and grammar nut, and is fanatic (as her family can attest) about Jeopardy! and pro football.