Originally posted by schuyler
Both the atheist and the fundamentalist are making the same mistake. Atheists, please welcome your fundamentalist brothers in crime. Turns out you
both believe in a literal Bible.
Enjoyed reading your post, schuyler, but this is part is hideously over simplified .
Atheists are like any other group and have their disagreements ... a big one is how to handle moderates. Almost all Atheists agree that
fundamentalists / literalists are just flat wrong in their opinion or at very least if they are right, it can only be partially so ... (ie if there is
a God it's probably not Allah or Yahweh or whoever ... )
Atheists do debate (sometimes vigorously) on how to handle moderates and this often includes people who don't take the bible literally, but still
'follow the faith' or otherwise. I don't know that many Atheists who have an issue with people enjoying reading the writing of a holy book, but I know
very many more who have an issue with people actually following it or thinking it's a good place to define ones moral stance even if they don't
believe all of it.
I suppose the lowest example are those who read it for literary pleasure. Some would argue that these people enable others to follow religion like a
kind of gate way drug. For example, anti-theists / the New Atheist movement might advance arguments to say they still don't approve. Other members of
the same group would say they have no interest in even discussing that demographic because it's not the problem.
So no, while your point makes sense in a grammatical way, it doesn't remotely make sense with the point you're trying to make. Plenty of Atheists (in
fact I will say most) generally understand that there are multiple ways to interpret a document. In fact, they're often a lot more fluid about it than
say a Jehova's Witness. What you're perhaps witnessing are anti-theists who are also Atheists who generally start by attacking from the top down or
middle out. I don't actually know an Atheist or anti-theist that starts from 'people that like the poetic qualities of the bible' and move up to
'Osama Bin Laden and evil folks'. Why would they?
Why discuss people that like to read for fun when your actual problem appears to be people that don't
read barely enough or are wilfully
Major reasons you will find some Atheists not caring for the literary merits of the bible:
1. It has been a defense to teach the bible in schools
2. At the same time many theists want it to be 'wrong' or in 'bad taste' to attack or crit holy books yet you generally don't see people burning flags
or protesting funeral services with evil slogans because 'MacBeth was a really good play'.
I've said it before in this thread, but, being respectful as I can, please try to understand what an Atheist is before making blanket statements about
them as a whole. Is a little arrogant and crazy talk to assume that a group that is often defined as having more bible knowledge than most theists
doesn't understand interpretation of text.
edit on 16-10-2012 by Pinke because: last bit