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  •  The fact this is still debated in the 21st century (1+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye54

    will never cease to amaze me.  I guess there's some naive streak in me that believes stubbornly in basic human rationality.  Obviously this exists, but it is far from universal.

    It takes a strong, determined dose of willful ignorance to argue for the literal truth of a book that was never intended to be taken literally, and that makes the arguers look like blithering fools when they do it.

    But they do.  Why?

    The Fundamentalist argument comes from authority and it is made in defense of authority.  They fear in their bones that the loss of authority means loss of control and thus chaos.  Or certainly, loss of power for the status quo.  They're desperate.  Desperate people backed into corners do desperate foolish things.  This is one of them.

    It's a historic blunder, this is, this foolhardy brain-dead defense of literal truth.  Whoever "wins" this particular debate, we know that unless these people somehow drag us back into the dark ages, their time will have passed.  

    It actually already has.  The fact that they can still make noise does not mean they have any actual influence, except among the ignorant, whose ranks they work tirelessly to defend and expand.

    "A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." -- George Orwell, 1984

    by Treats on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 05:23:45 PM PST

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