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- n. an interpretation based on the exact wording
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The second statement may have been a conjecture based upon the identification of Pantænus with one of the teachers described in "Stromata", I, i, and a too literal interpretation of what is said about these teachers deriving their doctrine direct from the Apostles.
Unthinking adherence to a literal interpretation of prophecy had in the past caused great turmoil, everything from murder to war.
The expression is obscure in grammar and arithmetic and a literal interpretation would produce several millions of millions Alemannus (p. 80) and Cousin (tom.iii. p. 178) translate this passage, “two hundred millions:” but I am ignorant of their motives.
The claims that heliocentricity contradicted the Bible are now seen to have been overstated, and the insistence on a literal interpretation of those particular scripture verses seems wholly unwarranted.