Letter: Intelligently honest believers must look beyond sacred book

Anchorage Daily NewsAugust 25, 2013 

There have been quite a few letters on both sides of the Jerry Prevo/Anchorage Baptist Temple issue around gays and the Boy Scouts. Sadly, most letters supporting the church’s ban fall back for support on a smattering of biblical texts, ignoring other biblical texts at odds with the former. (Isn’t it strange that some Christians put more stock in Old Testament Hebrew prescriptions than in the teachings of Jesus himself?) Likely those who do so, or otherwise use biblical texts to support whatever it is they believe — not that Christians are alone in this — have not bothered to look much beyond their sacred book or what they were told in Sunday school. That could be scary.

But believers who want to be intellectually honest with themselves simply must find the courage to confront challenging and dissonant information. A good start would be Charles Freeman’s “The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason.” Also, Reza Aslan’s recent “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

— Larry Ctibor

Anchorage

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