A great post!
The great liberal Biblical Scholar James McGrath just wrote a nice post about this troubling question.
Biblical Literalism’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
David Hayward’s cartoon above illustrates the reason why I consider Biblical literalism to be an attack on Christianity, rather than an expression of faithfulness to it. No matter how much they insist otherwise, no one actually takes the Bible literally – not even all the bits that are “clearly” non-poetic.
But that doesn’t stop preachers from telling people they have a stark choice: either accept everything the Bible says, or toss the entire thing aside along with any faith, beliefs, and values they associate with it.
If that were indeed the choice that confronts us, then there would be no alternative to walking away, other than increasingly feigning faithfulness and consistency while hiding one’s hypocrisy.
Both options are detrimental to a healthy spiritual life.
But they aren’t the only options…
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