Earlier here (in Quote-mining with a dental drill) I posted Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) chairman Don McLeroy’s handout with the quote-mining he used at the Board’s meeting January 22 to trick some of the open-minded SBOE members into voting for his anti-Common Descent amendment to the Texas science standards, by misrepresenting writings by scientists in order to fool his colleagues with a false portrayal of the state of the science.
Jeremy Mohn has gone to work restoring the context from which McLeroy mined the quotes he used in this thoroughly dishonest effort. His work is wonderfully presented at http://www.anevolvingcreation.net/collapse/index.htm .
P.S. Several bloggers have expressed astonishment that in the middle of his quote-mining rampage, McLeroy actually said about one of the sources, “I’m quote-mining him right now.” Some have wondered how/why he would openly say that. I have a theory (no, actually it’s just a speculation, so maybe it has “weaknesses”). He might be a genuine believer who is not totally confident that his God is actually OK with the “Lying for Jesus” excuse. Knowing that he would be lying if he presented his quotemine as if it represented truth, he might think that by explicitly saying during the presentation that it’s not true, but saying it in language that his colleagues would not understand, he can achieve his results without literally having told a lie, thus saving his soul from damnation to hell.
But then, I really don’t know how such literalists think.
For references to Saint Augustine on how Genesis should (and should not) be “literally” interpreted, click here.
It includes citation info for the chapter title in which Augustine famously declared that
On interpreting the mind of the sacred writer. Christians should not talk nonsense to unbelievers.