A Year in the Life of a Literalist

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to actually obey every command in the Bible. My friend Nick linked to an article about an intrepid agnostic who did just that for one year. If you read the excerpts from the interview with him, I actually think he as a lot of interesting things to say.

Here’s one that stood out, in case you don’t follow the link:

Parts of the Bible say that the man is the head of the household and should make the decisions, which did not translate into reality in our household. She found that a disturbing part of religion. It was something I really had to wrestle with. One of the lessons of the book is, there is some picking and choosing in following the Bible, and I think that’s OK. Some people call that cafeteria religion, which is supposed to be a disparaging term, but I think there’s nothing wrong with cafeterias, I’ve had some delicious meals in cafeterias. I’ve also had some terrible meals in cafeterias. It’s all about picking the right parts. You want to take a heaping serving of the parts about compassion, mercy and gratefulness—instead of the parts about hatred and intolerance.

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