Freitag, 14. Oktober 2016

"Slaughtering children in the Bible": On interpreting Scripture

Of course, there is no way around the violent passages in Scripture. That's why the assertion that Christianity be a harmful ideology is a cheap cop-out: precisely because it avoids discussing these passages in favour of an already fixed point of view. Christian extremism/fundamentalism - and, by supporting it as "true" or "real" Christianity, radical antitheism - is dropping the fullness of Scripture. In this case: the fullness of understanding Scripture which is much more than just some naive literalism. Expanding on the critique of naive literalism: Not everything that's in the Bible is also taught by the Bible. Confusing the two, or even (as might be more often the case) dropping the latter, is avoiding the question of violence in the Bible in favour of an already fixed point of view.