You seem, Dave, to have appropriated my remarks re shimrod , to yourself. Yes people have always been bright enough to distinguish between myth and allegory , but the writings of the early church fathers are affirming of the biblical account. Those accounts themselves are written in narrative with stylistic indicators that early genesis is narrative as much as later genesis. And who are these modern people that think the ancients lacked creativity and imagination? Certainly not bible scholars., though not negating the work of the Holy Spirit in the expressive sections of scripture. I was aware that aquinas was influenced by Greek thought , but it seems he did,nt fall for their evolutionism !.