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    Default Why use "scripture" but not "the scripture"?

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    LESSONS FROM GALILEO
    Watching the current fireworks between certain branches of the
    church and certain outspoken scientists, an observer with a
    sense of history might ask, "Haven't we been to this movie be-
    fore?" Conflicts between interpretation of scripture and scien-
    tific observations are not exactly new. In particular, the conflicts
    that arose in the seventeenth century between the Christian
    church and the science of astronomy provide some instructive
    context for the evolutionary debates of today.

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    Default Re: Why use "scripture" but not "the scripture"?

    HI,

    IMO, it says "scripture" because the conflict does not involve one single religion vs science, but rather some/most/all religions. Since each religion has its own scripture, the lack of "the" implies it is referring to the different written codes of religion.

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    Default Re: Why use "scripture" but not "the scripture"?

    Here the context makes clear that "scripture" is any (all) scripture of any religion (all religions). Galileo did quarrel with the Catholic church -- or vice versa -- but that's not the point. Scripture is the abstract collective for all books of holy writ.

    When a believer says "in scripture", on the other hand, he recognizes the holy writ of his faith as the one true scripture.

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