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- adverb In a manner that is not
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If the infancy narratives are to be interpreted as nonliterally as Meacham suggests, then why did Aristides, Ignatius and other Christians who lived around the time of the Apostles interpret the documents so literally?
Fundamentalists also confuse literalness with authority, fearing that if you interpret a passage nonliterally, you remove its authority.
In the same vein, viewing the BoM nonliterally, as American Apocrypha, is like having a Spongian view of the Bible while attending a Fundamentalist Baptist Church.
Given this, and given (what seems obvious) that ordinary people don't have a positive intention for their mathematical utterances to be interpreted nonliterally ” e.g., as expressing conditional propositions or anything like that ” it seems to follow that we ought to interpret our mathematical utterances at face value.