Wednesday, March 14, 2007

L.A. Times (CA): "We live in the land of biblical idiots," says Stephen Prothero in a recent column. "More than 90% of federal legislators call themselves Christians, making Congress more Christian than the United States itself. The president is an evangelical Protestant. Catholics enjoy a majority on the Supreme Court. Biblical references — from the Jericho Road to the golden rule to the promised land — permeate political speech. Yet U.S. citizens know almost nothing about the Bible." Take Stephen Prothero's religious literacy test here.

The Christian Post
: "Shouldn’t God be welcomed in a great nation such as America – the land of the free – in places beyond the walls of the Church? Or does God immediately become an illegal immigrant when He jumps across the Church-State fence?"

Human Events: Dennis Pragner, in response to presidential candidate John Edward's comment that "Jesus would be appalled" at American's lifestyles, warns that taking biblical massages intended for a micro level to a macro level is not only dangerous, it makes the Left hypocrites. "The Left attacks the religious Right for threatening to replace our democracy with a theocracy that will impose fundamentalist Christianity on the nation. Yet the people who loathe conservatives for using Scripture have no difficulty with those who cite Jesus' words when arguing their positions -- even when citing them incorrectly."

American Enterprise Institute
: Michael Novak reviews three recent atheist books: A Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris; The God Delusion, By Richard Dawkins; and Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett. "They are almost as literal in their readings of the Bible as the least educated, most literal-minded fundamentalist in Flannery O'Connor's rural Georgia. They regale themselves with finding contradictions and impossibilities in these literal readings of theirs, but the full force of their ridicule depends on misreading the literary form of the Biblical passages at stake, whether they be allegorical, metaphorical, poetic, or resonant with many meanings, for the nourishment of a soul under stress. The Bible almost never pretends to be science, or strictly literal history."

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