I particularly like his frustration with the inadequacy of the various labels of religious affiliation (atheist, agnostic, theist, deist, etc.). I also find that my own continuously evolving views are not contained or wholly adverse to any of these classifications.
It is up to us to take responsibility, and sometimes wipe out whole communities to keep the 'total organism' within our control.
quote: Yikes! glad the Christian theist are no longer in control.
Those who blasphemously worship the bible itself and their "faith" requires that the Bible be considered as a whole divinely inspired work of the creator, this specific ethical contradiction is the best antidote to that notion. Other contradictions like Matthew misquoting and misreferencing the OT and gemological errors are trivial by comparison. The wide gaping disparity between godly commanded genocide and loving your neighbor is too wide to justify honestly or rationally.
As an aside, I believe the chief value of the Bible is the documentation of the evolution or transformation of human ethics, such as:
Love your tribal neighbor -> Love your non-tribal neighbor -> Love your enemy.
This observation so neatly sums up the problem I (and I presume others) have with Biblical fundamentalists, as any thinking person IMHO would have concerning fundamentalists of any religious, political, or a combination of both, persuasions.
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Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider - Francis Bacon
The more we understand particular things, the more we understand God - Spinoza
Seconded. I was delighted to see iceage note the progression of moral thought over the centuries. Astute observation.
Anyone endeavouring to follow Christ's teachings has to start with "Love your enemy" and go from there. To start with "the Bible is inerrant" and rationalize from that is to follow something else. That path goes into some truly dank places.