Ordinary Christians have been doing without biblical scholarship, or with very little exposure to it, for centuries. And it's plain to see that Christian biblical scholars are no more saintly than anyone else.
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The Bible is not a book. It is dozens of very different books bound together. The assumption that identifying one part as fiction undermines the factual character of another part is ludicrous.
While glory can indeed indicate praise, a close study of its use in the Old Testament reveals an altogether different meaning, one that conveys the original understanding of its form and function.
People sometimes derive law about abortion from a biblical law in which someone, in the course of a fight, strikes a pregnant woman, and she goes into labor.
More than 20 centuries after the Bible's production, people still bring it to bear on practically every important social and political issue in the Western world.
How harmless is it to post an article about why people should read the bible on a site devoted to religion? I did and it evoked more than 2,000 responses, most of them angry.
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