} Hmmmmm.... that depends entirely on what kind of Christians you mean.
} Here are some examples of the way people think about the contradictions
} you mention:
} Liberal Christians:
} "Of course there are contradictions in Genesis. But after all, it's
} only a myth, written several thousand years ago by poor ignorant
} people who hadn't even heard about logic. And who believes in
} myths, anyway?"
} Traditional Christians:
} "It's not for you or me to criticize the Good Book. Simple folks as
} us should leave that to the priests. And the vicar's never said
} anything about contradictions. I suppose he would have told us if
} it really was important."
} Ordinary, modern Christians:
} "Uh? What contradictions? And what is Genesis?"
} Christian Fundamentalists:
} "Every word in the Bible is TRUE because it was written by GOD.
} Are you trying to tell me that GOD can be WRONG and CONTRADICT
} himself? You'd better watch your TOUNGE, you UN-AMERICAN,
} ATHEIST PINKO, or you'll end up in HELL, where people of your
} sort BELONG, and where the CHOSEN FEW can watch your ETERNAL PAIN
} and REALLY ENJOY IT!
} And, IF there really ARE any so-called contradictions in the
} HOLY BOOK, then the contradictions must be RIGHT and your
} miserable man-made logic must be WRONG."
} Modern Mystics:
} "What you haven't understood is that contradiction is the very
} essence of Deity. It is only in the contradiction, which nullifies
} our entire deterministic, reductionistic way of thinking we can
} get an intuitive grasp of the true nature of Deity. God both is
} *and* isn't. The world was created in seven days, *and* in twenty
} billion years. I am both highly intelligent *and* utterly unable to
} think coherently..."
} Comment by the Oracle: Although the last way of thinking has been
} recently rediscovered by the "New Age" prophets and certain quantum
} physicists, it has been in a sad state of neglect ever since the days of
} Tomas Aquinas. During the dark ages (what is called the enlightenment
} by unenlightened souls), only a few hard-core mystics still worked along
} these line.
} Of course, the Oracle knows that herein lies the only true source of
} wisdom. Being of several hundred people, as well as a supercomputer, at
} once is a constant source of contradiction. The Oracle also remembers
} Its childhood in ancient Egypt, when no God of any stature could manage
} without at least eight different, contradictory and mutually exclusive
} myths. Those were the days!
} So, if the Oracle occasionally seems to contradict Itself, know that
} therein lies the Only Source of True Enlightenment.
} You owe the Oracle a copy of the Kama Sutra.