What Warps Us?

Growing up is hard to do. We have interaction with everyone else before we can become aware of ourself.  We get doused with culture, religion, politics, and a whole host of life changing influences. Do those things mold us or warp us? (Difference?)

A friend of this blog has written a book review on Atheist Universe. (Warning, some profanity). The author of the book, besides being wrong on just about every issue, seems to have a certain affinity for the KJV. As a matter of fact, he takes up the KJVO mantra, and uses it to disprove Christianity, or attempts to at least.

pg. 149/150 – Here’s where he sticks to the KJV as his “proof” that the Bible claims the existence of unicorns, dragons, and witches. For someone who is so much better educated than us dumb believers, you’d think that he’d know that at the time of the KJV, the understanding of the Hebrew language was, well, crap, and that those who wrote the KJV just guessed at what those words meant?

pg. 150-151

“The Great Pretenders (non KJV literalists) simply dismiss all Bible absurdities as metaphors and pretend that nothing in scripture really conflicts with science.”

“In newer, modern language translations, these ridiculous passages of Scripture have been dishonestly excised, rewritten or edited beyond recognition from their original translation in the King James.“

“…the Bible, under their (the Great Pretenders) supervision appears to be experiencing a quiet, behind the scenes, Hollywood makeover.”

“The purpose of this pompous intellectual charade is to allow the Great Pretenders to ‘have it both ways’ – imagining themselves to be both religious and scientific at the same time.”

“Perhaps it is time for citizens of the scientific age to grow up, to swallow hard, and to forgo the religious superstitions of their childhood.”

I think these passages speak for themselves. If you’re not a literalist, you’re not a real Christian. If you’re a person of faith, you can’t be a scientist. KJVO is the way to go, all other translations are crap. Everything we needed to know about Hebrew and Greek, we knew in the 17th Century.

Christian further, in the comment section, says that the author essentially believes that either you are a fundamentalist, or a fraud.

The author is clearly a former KJVO fundamentalist. One of the problems with fundamentalism is that it lacks the ability to give answers to tough questions. Indeed, it discourages giving answers because the mentality is always, ‘God said it.’ The problem with that is that it removes the need for Scriptures, for ministers, for rightly dividing the word, for studying – all biblical precepts. The idea of absolute biblical literalacy, which is what this author (seemingly) considers the only right way for believers, is generally not found in Church History.

While this debate of context, literalacy, and meaning takes place, people are often shoved to the side if they question given interpretation. Those people develop a hatred of religion, often times – not all times, because when they inquire, they find themselves marginalized. Inquisitiveness is almost a sin for more than a few fundamentalists.

I guess the question is, ‘Do you think that people can receive a warped view of religion from their background?’ If so, what do you think can be done to change that? Do you think that religious errors in the early life of people contribute to the developement of either hatred of religion or love of it?

I guess another question – ‘If the author was raised a KJVO fundamentalist, do you think that it contributed to his now atheism?’

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2 Replies to “What Warps Us?”

  1. I think this is fairly adeptly addressed with a bit of wordplay…
    “I guess the question is, ‘Do you think that people can receive a warped view of [CONCEPT] from their background?’
    And of course, the answer is yes.
    “If so, what do you think can be done to change that?”
    I think that really depends on how much said understanding is reinforced with life experience.  Or not.   Like many other conceptions, it can become fact-like in a person’s mind.  At that point, not a whole lot really.
    “Do you think that religious errors in the early life of people the development of either hatred of religion or love of it? ”
    Absolutely.   Although many of these errors, it could be argued, come from the religions themselves.  [see: your posts on Islam. 😉 ]
    Actually the Islam example is a good one.  For those who introduction to the religion was 9/11, well…it would be like someone getting introduced to Christianity through the actions of the KKK .
    To be sure, those are extreme examples, but I think they illustrate the general idea that one’s introduction to a concept shapes future understanding of that concept.
    Including the author of the book, who to me seems to be taking semantic quibbles to the extreme.

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