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    Others require some Olympic-quality back bending.

    I need help.
    Would someone, teachers or language lover, please tell me about the following sentence:
    "Others require some Olympic-quality back bending."

    In context:

    "Some religious answers to challenging questions about God are worth considering carefully. Others require some Olympic-quality back bending. If the judges place no limit on the amount of back bending allowed, reality can indeed be made to conform to the God opinion."

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    Re: Others require some Olympic-quality back bending.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel2007 View Post
    I need help.
    Would someone, teachers or language lover, please tell me about the following sentence:
    "Others require some Olympic-quality back bending."

    In context:

    "Some religious answers to challenging questions about God are worth considering carefully. Others require some Olympic-quality back bending. If the judges place no limit on the amount of back bending allowed, reality can indeed be made to conform to the God opinion."
    Bending over backwards is a move in gymnastics. "Olympic-quality back-bending" would be bending over backwards to an incredible degree of flexibility. We use the phrase "to bend over backwards to ..." in English. It means to make strenuous efforts to do something. The piece is saying that some of the answers to challenging questions about god need some really strenuous efforts to consider/understand. If the strenuousness of those efforts is unlimited, then just about any answer can be believed as evidence of the existence of god.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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