Hi Pete, Have you had a chance to read much of Charles' Book on-line? It will really be helpful to answer your questions about: OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT AS ALLEGORY NOT HISTORY….AND OTHER INSANITY. It will take some time but it is well worth it.
In regard to your question about "What is man?" I am not fond of trying to answer this question with meditations on the "finite and infinite," or the "material versus the spiritual." It is better to examine yourself (The unexamined life is not worth living) and go from there. You can write a book just on what you mean by infinity! So this only takes you farther away from the question than closer to an answer.
PS I enjoy Laurence Gardner quite a bit but think that he went off the rails on turning gold into a pharmaceutical! I think Scotch works much better!
Enjoy your quest!
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