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  •  Yes. (8+ / 0-)

    He says that if you are trying to be a "liberal" Christian, you are necessarily denying biblical literalism and therefore cannot be a "real" Christian.  

    That should woo a lot of swing voters, eh?

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:14:08 PM PST

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    •  He sounds like a nice regular guy (5+ / 0-)
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       That's the kind of stuff that woos swing voters.

        Therein lies our problem.

        If voters based their decisions on issues, no Republican would get elected anywhere outside Mitt Romney's gated community.

      "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

      by Buzzer on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:18:22 PM PST

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      •  He won't be featured in Grey Poupon (5+ / 0-)

        commercials, if that's what you mean.  

        But probably half of all Christians are NOT biblical literalists, and people don't like being told their professed faith is inauthentic.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 05:22:00 PM PST

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        •  Catholicism is not a literalist denomination (4+ / 0-)

          There are literalists who are Catholic, butofficially a certain amt of scripture is spiritually true but not historically factual.

          That is my understanding, anyway, as a non-Catholic who tends to go to a Catholic church.

          The liturgy is definitely containing spiritual rather than historical accuracy. For instance,there are all kinds of natural reasons for associating Christmas with the Winter Solstice and therefore John the Baptist's birthday with the summer solstice. But astronomers looking for a phenomenon that would correspond with the Christmas Star have pointed toward a triple junction that occured in mid-June of I think 2 A.D. The dating of Christmas had more to do with associating it with Saturnalia as part of the Constantine compromise.

          If Santorum doesn't understand any of this, he has no business home schooling his children.

          Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

          by textus on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 06:12:44 PM PST

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          •  Those poor kids. (1+ / 0-)
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            #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

            by Evolutionary on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 06:24:49 PM PST

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          •  Right, so presumably he's just offended (1+ / 0-)
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            a lot of non-literalist people from his own denomination, let alone all the other denominations.  

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 08:47:31 PM PST

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            •  He manages to offend me (1+ / 0-)
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              On one level I'm thin skinned, but on another I love to understand a strong moral position that disagrees with mine. The politicians I tend to dislike are the ones who sugar coat what they really believe and what they intend to do and on whose behalf then intend to do it to whom.

              Santorum is pretty clear. The world he would prefer to live in is run by guys who can control their impulse, to the extent that he doesn't want to know if they want to have a sexual relationship with other guys. Being a Christian is central to his identity, and his idea of what that means is so narrow as to believe that he doesn't have something in common with others: Either he has everything in common or it doesn't count at all. He obviously thinks, conveniently since they bankroll his chosen line of work, that  successful business people are teh correct recipients of God-given rights and responsibilities. His world is that if he is steadfast enough and publicly so about what he believes, sit isn't possible that his reliance on successful businessmen to fund his campaigns and stuff could make him a cheap little whore.

              I don't think he had any business being a senator, but that kind of person is somewhat interesting in the House. He doesn't have enough self awareness ro world awareness or soemthing to realize that he has absolutely no business being president of anything other than a club of like-minded people.

              Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

              by textus on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 06:21:54 AM PST

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