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  •  Because it is barbaric. (14+ / 0-)

    Unless you have no problem with women being murdered for no good reason, that is.

    And no, the numerous "good verses" that the OT has in it don't make up for the God-ordered genocides (making God out to be an evil being) and misogynistic attitudes, either.

    --Polytheistic Pagan

    •  Women being murdered for no good reason?? (3+ / 0-)
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      Diamond Mind, CroneWit, sfbob

      You're thinking of the Sotah?  Or what?

      I'm complaining about people putting the terms OT beside NT in a disparaging way.  Do you think there's less misogyny in the NT?????  Really?????  Less making God out to be evil??

      Paul's view of how it's holier for a man to not let himself be corrupted by the stain of touching a woman, and how marriage is a second best for those with too little ability to control their base urges?  That's your less misogynistic attitude??

      Or the whole virgin birth idea that seems to suggest that you can only be sinless if your mother didn't actually have sex?

      And of course the whole notion of eternal torture in hell even for righteous people if they don't believe this or that metaphysical riddle?  That's what you mean by the more enlightened and less barbaric NT view?

      I spent a long time in "Western Civilization" courses about 50 years ago trying to understand what this stuff even meant, much less why it was so blooming enlightened, and I still don't get it!

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