Bart Ehrman, agnostic NT scholar, ex-fundamentalist Christian:
The Bible is obviously a large and extraordinarily multi-faceted book. It is a book worth reading and reflecting on, whether or not one is personally a believer. I myself am not, but I cherish the Bible and am deeply moved by parts of it. And no part of it is more important in situations like this than those that reflect on the meaning of life. In particular there are the books in the Hebrew Bible that scholars have called “Wisdom” literature, the books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, the last of which is my favorite, not just of the Wisdom books but of all the books of the Old Testament.
Gary, atheist counter-apologist, ex-fundamentalist Christian:
The Bible has been the cause of massive persecution, suffering, and mass murder. It may contain some fascinating stories and even a few pearls of wisdom, but for a recovering ex-fundamentalist Christian like yourself to say that he “cherishes it” is disturbing to say the least.
I see no difference between someone “cherishing” the Bible and someone cherishing Mein Kampf. Both books preach hate. Both books preach fanaticism (follow me and abandon all else, even your family), sectarianism and elitism (“the chosen ones”, “the righteous”, the Aryans), anti-Semitism (New Testament), racial purity and ethnic cleansing (Old Testament), both concepts found or implied in Mein Kampf, of course.
Please choose your words carefully, Dr. Ehrman. Every time you say something like this, my Christian relatives and their pastor proclaim that “Bart Ehrman is coming back to Jesus”.
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