(By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post). A large annual college gathering of Presbyterian Church (USA) has labeled the punishment God gave at the Tower of Babel “a holy nudge towards diversity.” A pastor at the event also suggested that the Babel account is a myth.
While cautioning that he was not saying that “the Bible is a bunch of made-up stuff,” the Rev. Paul Roberts Sr., president of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, told over 1,000 college students earlier this week, “We use this word ‘myth’ in the best possible sense of the word. This particular type of literature is not aimed at presenting history but truth, about God and how God’s people function in the world,” as reported by PNS.
The theme for this year’s Jan. 2-5 conference was “Beyond Babel” and centered on the Genesis account of the Tower of Babel, where God confuses the people’s language and scatters them after they decide to build a city with a tower “that reaches to the heavens” and make a name for themselves.
According to the promotional material sent out in advance of the college conference in Montreat, North Carolina, God’s punishment of scattering the people of Babel by giving them different languages was meant to advance diversity.
“One people with one language become scattered and multilingual. A united community finds itself confused and scattered. Clarity becomes babble. Construction on a tower stops,” the promotional material states.
“In 2017 we will we see how God gave an ancient people a holy nudge towards diversity, and we will consider how God is nudging us today too.”
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