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Your last paragraph nicely hits on the on the trickiness of having a time-dependent theology. However, in some ways, it allows some robustness in the theology in the way that a genetic algorithm is constantly looking for optimal/improved solutions - good ideas have staying power, less good ideas are eventually discarded.

For instance, currently it is quite easy to pass off the 'curse of Cain' as folklore, while it was very central to my Grandparents' notions of theology. That the time-dependence allows us to discard any theological point when it becomes too uncomfortable can go a long way to ensuring continued vitality of the church.

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