Monday, October 5, 2009

My Hatred of Proof Texting: a Prologue

1 In the beginning was the Word (of mouth), and the Word (of mouth) was with Interpretation, and the Word (of mouth) was Interpretation.  2 The Word (of mouth) was in the beginning with Interpretation.
3 All things came to be through an intergenerational game of telephone, and without the Word (of mouth) nothing came to be in the scriptures.  What came to be 4 through the Word (of mouth) was manipulated, and this manipulation was the personal lens of the human race; 5 the manipulation exists in the darkness of the print, and the print has not overcome it.
6 A man named Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (Roman Catholic priest) was first to analyze the origins of a text; his contemporaries Luther, Calvin and Zwingli used a Literal Interpretation.  7 Erasmus sought the truth, within a text's historical context, so that all might believe in what the author truly intended.  8 He was not the light, but was first to see the light.
9 The true Enlightenment, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  10 Rational thought was in the Enlightenment, and rational thought came to be through the Enlightenment, but the proof-texting literalists did not know it.
               11 Religious believers came into what was their own (using their intellect), but their own churches did not accept them. 12 But those who did accept them were given the power to become scholars of the Historical Critical Method, to those who believe in the Word (of mouth), 13 who were born not by six-thousand year old inbreeding parents nor by god’s choice nor by drinking holy Spirits but of natural selection.
14 And the Word (of mouth) became flesh and made its dwelling among us in our religious texts, and we suffer its glory, the glory as of the literalists’ only Interpretation, full of superstition and bullshit.


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