Believers who accuse the authors of the introductions of blasphemy are going too far. People have to be free to think, to argue and to protest, and if God is not big enough to cope with that, he is not worth believing in. They also shore up the image of unthinking, fundamentalist believers versus critical, intelligent agnostics. There is a third way in religion too, and many believers read the scriptures as a mixture of the sublime and the ridiculous, where divine wisdom can strike you by surprise, or seeps through the oddness of the words of men. The scriptures are seen as a progressive record of revelation, and not holy and perfect, word for word.
The Rev KEVIN O'DONNELL
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