Dismantling Fundamentalism: In the Beginning - Part II

Published on Friday, April 13, 2012 By Drew Stedman

Fundamentalists often insist on a required choice between belief in their view of the Bible and an eternity of suffering. A reasonable assessment of the facts would come to no such conclusion; and certainly would not insist upon these threats to support its position. Such positions should always be based on the best evidence available.


This video explores some of the numerous contradictions between the Bible’s multiple creation accounts.




Discussion

  1. Patricia says:

    You do realize that Jewish people follow the first five books of the bible, or the Torah, right? Practicing Jews firmly believe in the Torah and the Tanakh, does that mean you’re against their theology also? That’s antisemitism.

    • Drew Stedman says:

      I am criticizing beliefs and the logic behind those beliefs. Not race. I don’t understand how you are making this connection. If I were to criticize Shinto beliefs does that make me anti-Japanese?

  2. Patricia says:

    If anyone is going to follow Jewish law, it’s going to be Jewish people. You’re not only criticizing the core of Christianity, but the core of Judaism, first and foremost. Your unbalanced website aims to demonize the Christian and criticize their doctrine. You’re not only criticizing the core of Christianity and Judaism, but the core of who Christians and Jews are.

    You were obviously hurt by hypocrisy and/or bad examples in the church and need healing in that. You didn’t like what you saw in the church, so you broke away and ultimately made your own “religion” whose tenets are laid out on this very website. You say under the purpose, “We are here to encourage conversation” and “We believe that clarity can be found through conversation amongst mutually respected parties” yet you fail at your own rules. You do not encourage conversation, unless it is in line with your own way of thinking. You have no respect for anyone who does not hold your own beliefs. That sounds a lot like what you felt you broke away from. You broke away from a religion, made your own rules, and can’t follow them. That makes you a hypocrite, the very thing you abhorred in conservative Christianity. Which leads me to this question. Is it possible that humans inherently make mistakes, who can’t get it perfectly, even when it’s laid out for them? We’re all examples of this, obviously even you. It’s not Christianity that’s flawed, it’s the individual who’s flawed, regardless of beliefs.

    • Johnny says:

      The largest Jewish denominations – Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist, accept and teach this view. It is widely accepted in both Mainline Christianity and Judaism.

  3. Myriam T says:

    Turning against whatever may have hurt you has not made you any better, on the contrary it turned you into a replica of the thing you hate. Do you think “Has Christianity failed you?” re-evaluate http://vimeo.com/2300720

    • Rob Steiner says:

      Do you know Drew personally, Myriam? I do; and I disagree with you. I also know that anyone else who knows Drew would disagree with you.

      Drew is not a small-minded, judgmental, hypocrite; too ignorant and afraid to exercise free thought. He is in no way that which he hates.

      It’s not that Christianity has “failed” anyone. Failing someone implies that it has a responsibility to that person. It does not. For me to say that Christianity failed me would be akin to saying, as an adult, that Santa Clause failed me for not giving me the presents I want.

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