Here is the structure of a theological argument about an issue at contention in my part of the Christian church. I will leave out the content and give only the structure. See if you can guess the actual issue.
1. The Bible literally teaches or exemplifies the position.
2. The dominant and historic tradition of the Christian church until very recent times has followed a literal understanding and straightforward practice of the issue.
3. But the inner principles of the Biblical texts do not necessarily require a literal application.
4. And modern scientific knowledge, unavailable to the first century NT writers, provides important guidance pointing to a change of practice.
What is the issue at play in this disagreement?
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