Check it, yo:
I didn’t even cheat. See what happens when you beat the daylights out of a little kid with a ruler every time her eyes stray from the holy book to look outside?
Someone on a rather frothing message board* earlier asserted with rather smug satisfaction that, as an atheist, I can’t possibly know the bible. I’m frankly a bit bored with the assertion, coming as it does every time I say something about this book in which people put so much stock. I know the bible. Well. 77% of it, anyway, and frankly, I don’t need “Jesus’ love” to interpret the passages, any more than I need the Green Man’s love to figure out Beowulf (was going to go with Odin, but I’m trying to stay regional).
Is it really considered a valid argument that one cannot understand a text if one does not believe that text? Somehow I don’t think so. Is it valid to automatically assume one cannot read the Bible without accepting it in full? No. Atheists read and study and question the bible. It’s how most atheists become atheists. It seems self defeating to enter into an argument with someone who has not only read something, but read it critically and then accuse them of not knowing what they’re talking about. Of course, that’s just my opinion….I could be wrong. But I don’t think so.
*I don’t want to name them, but they have this pizza on their site and use the words “left behind” a lot.