Monday, March 15, 2010

God Is Too Cute For Literalism

Razib Khan at Gene Expression gives his thoughts about fundamentalism and non-literalism. He echoes a sentiment that many atheists have, which is that fundamentalists are if nothing else "honest", and that non-fundamentalists are like lawyers twisting their Scripture to whatever their modern culture demands in order to continue functioning socially. (This was the rhetorical conceit structuring Harris's Letter to a Christian Nation although as always with Harris, I think his real purpose was more subtle.)

Khan's bottom line: fundamentalists aren't any more honest than the Lite(tm) theists, since language doesn't admit of any Absolutely Correct Interpretation. You would think a Supreme Being might have thought of that. Or, it could just be that vagueness facilitates self-deception.

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