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    in seminary/grad school was Dr. Harrell Beck. Harrell was a world-renowned scholar of the Hebrew scriptures and an ordained United Methodist minister. Early in his Introduction to the Old Testament class, while talking about expectations for papers and exams, he noted that any position that was well defended was acceptable, whether or not it agreed with his positions offered in class, with one exception: Biblical literalism.

    I can still hear his firm but gentle voice: "Biblical literalism is not a defensible academic position. Biblical literalism is a mental abberation."

    Then he waited, head bowed, as a handful of students closed their notebooks and left class. After the door closed, he looked back up at the rest of us and said, "I lose a few every year, but it has to be said."

    I really miss that man.

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 12:36:06 PM PDT

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