October 09, 2009

The Errancy of the Inerrant Bible

Truly, one of the most fundamental beliefs of those who call them fundamentalists is that the Bible has a unique and supreme place in defining Christian belief. The first of all the fundamentals is this:

The inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit and the inerrancy of Scripture as a result of this.

So imagine the horror of the Christian Right when they realized that the Bible was full of references of our responsibility to all of God's children. Or as Fred Clark put it:

...the law and the prophets, the sheep and the goats, the stark binary clarity of 1 John and that pervasive, terrifying, overwhelming insistence that nothing else matters to God if we fail to respond to neighbors in need with a tangible expression of love.

So what is one to do when one fervently believes that God hates the liberals, believes that God loves the free market and hates government, and horrifyingly, when one reads the Bible, it doesn't say what you expected it to say?

Evidently the Bible that they've been putting all their faith in had been corrupted by liberals and needs to be fixed so as to reflect the Conservative Religious Right's belief that only they have "the truth."

And, if you are Phyllis Schlafly's son, you launch a project to purge the Bible of all that liberal cant.

Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up!

Update: Billmon has a great take on this topic.

Posted by Mary at October 9, 2009 03:28 PM | Religion | Technorati links |
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