The Great Defector wrote:toomanyhatz wrote:Not to start another religious argument - there's no such thing as a religious "discussion" on BCB - but I find the concept of "disagreeing" with the Bible to be an odd one. No one would "disagree" with the Bhagavad-Gita, for example. They treat it as a series of stories from which you can glean a variety of conclusions - not all of which are "you must live THIS way or you're bound for hell." But maybe it's mostly Americans - and only in recent history - that go straight to the authoritarian elements and ignore the rest.
Trying to be raised a catholic in Ireland, you very much got the "you must live this way.......". The church and Ireland couldn't be separated up to maybe a decade ago. In other countries you might have an argument, but not in Ireland when I was growing up.
I think you both make great points. Oftentimes how you are first exposed to something shapes the way in which you feel about it to such a degree that is nearly impossible to shake your initial conclusions. This happened to me in my enrichment class in elementary school when our teacher shoved Shakespeare down our throats. I've never quite recovered from that... yet.
Have you read Edna O'Brien, Great Defector?