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    and staked their theology on that literal magic, and the intentions of the God that works the magic, being easily and obviously discernible by the ordinary person. The magic is a routine part of their day, not a set of myths confined to dusty ancient scripture.

    If you visit their churches or events they put on in public, and mingle with the people listening to casual conversation, these citations of the supernatural come as freely as mention of a good restaurant.

    Every branch of science and the larger practice of rational thought conflicts with claims of realtime ongoing observation and partnering with the supernatural. If you go with the supernatural as part of our everyday shared world, you cannot tolerate science or reason. Add to that a divine charge to convert all of humanity, and reason cannot be tolerated anywhere on earth.

    The confounding aspect of that is that it is part of the worldview their ostensible Lord worked to overthrow. Everyone can read him stretching or discarding minutia of law or kosher rules where they might work against the larger purpose of lightening the burdens of the people. Jesus the teacher is seen in a number of instances as expanding beyond the confines of literalism.

    And really there's a theme of moving beyond magic going back to the oldest part of "Lewis Black's" book, the Old Testament. One of the last things God orders, according to the Eden myth, when running us out of the garden was that the free lunch was over, and that we'd have to make our way in the world by our own efforts.

    That is basically what science is, it's the way we make sense of our world and make our way in it, given that this God launched us into civilization saying as his prophet Brian put it, that we were going to have to work it all out for ourselves.

    There may not be a finite limit to the number of ways the scripture literalists are in literal opposition to their own foundations.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:02:23 AM PDT

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