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  •  Inerrancy is different from literalism. (6+ / 0-)

    For what it's worth, inerrancy means that the decision on which scriptures would be bundled into the Christian church's officially recognized OT and NT was divinely inspired and correct in the sense that if one reads and assimilates the entire, un-cherrypicked OT and the entire, un-cherrypicked NT, and reflects on the whole of each, contradictions, ambiguities, hideousness, beauty, cruelty, compassion and all, what emerges from that reflection is the Christian path toward (1) understanding our relationship to God and humanity, and (2) living in that relationship -- a relationship that requires application, self-awareness, sacrifice, gratitude, and the courage to trust and grow.

    Inerrancy is manifestly NOT the same thing as the vain, bizarre attempt to force literal meaning out of a text that contains not only rules, history, and political speeches, but historical and psychological allegory, poetry, and love songs.

    "Biblical literalism" is a lie and and a prima facie impossibility precisely because of the clear contradictions and ambiguities in the texts -- contradictions and ambiguities, please note, that the curators of those texts going forward through history did nothing to conceal or resolve. Not surprising (at least not to me) that literalism, born of a lie, is the tool of authoritarians greedy to extend their own Earthly power.


    by raincrow on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:20:11 AM PDT

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