Philosophy prof pens piece for Huffington Post

Professor of philosophy and peace and justice studies Kerry Walters wrote a column for the Huffington Post about Christian fundamentalism and Biblical interpretations. This story was published on November 27.

From the Huffington Post:

Although they'd be horrified to hear it, militant atheists and Christian fundamentalists share one thing in common. They both read the Bible badly. Their interpretive reading skills, at least when it comes to scripture, are stuck in what psychologist James Fowler calls the mythic-literal stage, a cognitive level appropriate for youngsters but not for adults.

Militant atheists of the Richard Dawkins school, unquestionably the loudest disbelievers around these days, attack the Bible as a hideous catalog of falsehood and immorality. On their reading, the God of the Old Testament comes off as racist, homophobic, infanticidal, and genocidal, making him, writes Dawkins in his The God Delusion, "arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction." The New Testament is no better. Although less overtly cruel than the Hebrew scriptures, the whole Jesus story is so irrational that it's "barking mad." To these and similar shooting-from-the-hip pronouncements, Dawkins' acolytes shout enthusiastic hosannas.


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