posted on Oct, 6 2009 @ 08:42 AM
From their point of view it's quote obvious that they know what god "meant" to say and they are just tweaking what he said to correct his
misspeaking his unalterable eternal revelation. But honestly, at some point they are going to have to stop covering for the deity and let god do this
divine truth thing all on his own.
I read a wonderful book called "Fundamentalism" decades ago that published through the Catholic University, I regret I cannot remember the author's
name but I do believe he was a priest. The book did make several very good points.
Fundamentalists do not believe in the literal truth of the bible, even though they claim to, in fact they accord some passages more inerrant than
others depending on how closely those passages support their beliefs. Most of the old testament is "less" inspired than the new testament. The
explanation is that the new testament "corrects" the old testament. So the dietary laws are out. The Jewish law is out, even though Jesus
specifically states that not a single part of the law is repealed.
But of course there are those parts of the new testament that need to be "interpreted" because they aren't what god really meant. The part where
Paul tells Timothy to drink wine for his stomach really doesn't mean wine, it means grape juice. Or the part about all people being the same in the
eyes of Christ... but god forgot to mention the part about this only referring to heterosexuals (note to bible rewrite project: make sure that gets
put in). Then there is that obviously confused Paul in Romans writing that nothing is evil in itself but is evil only to those who believe it to be
evil. Boy, he sure got that wrong!
Of course, even though the old testament is not really as literal as the new, we can still pull out passages that support our beliefs and clobber
people with them claiming that those parts are literal.
One of the more interesting points made in the Fundamentalism book is that fundamentalists is the US claim that it is self evident that to be a good
christian, you have to be anti-communist. Yet in Italy in the 1970s, since fundamentalists are protestant, and the communists tended to be the only
effective opposition to the Catholic dominated parties, it was self evident that to be a good christian, you had to be a communist.
But thinking about the project, I do notice that they want to stop using those big words that liberals use -- so given their target audience, maybe
this means that divine revelations should be done in comic book format.
[edit on 6-10-2009 by metamagic]