Unformatted text preview: Ratzinger says that whether or not the Hebrew Genesis was fact or not, it was to show symbols of faith, of which it did. When Abram walked through the calf, it showed his faith in God and his loyalty toward him. Ratzinger also says that it shows us a little about the nature of God and the people who are wholly subservient to him. Lastly, Ratzinger claims that Genesis shows universal moral order in life and how it must be used to govern and take care of human society. Ratzinger states that the audience of the bible had its own literary idiom so therefore we, as readers, should not confuse the idiom from that day with the idea. The splitting of the calf was not a gruesome action that would be seen as a violation of animal rights in our day, but rather, it was normal for the people in Biblical times and it meant and symbolized an agreement between people....
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- Fall '08
- Theology, bible, Jeremiah, Ratzinger, universal moral order, split calf