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A Christian would probably say I'm an atheist, and an atheist would say I am religious. I read the new testament, and much of the old-testament. I also translated a few old-testament books from Hebrew to English.

I find Bible literalism repugnant. God doesn't ask you to lie about physics, biology, or history, nor about the textual history of the Biblical texts.

I like Christian theology because I think it is the most progressive of all the old-world religious systems. I am very impressed with the way that Christians can denounce bad past practices, while keeping the core message alive.


Jan
12
comment Is Christmas biblical?
@Narnian: There is a huge difference between asserting that Christianity is true and asserting that other religions are false.
Jan
12
awarded  Revival
Jan
12
awarded  Critic
Jan
12
comment Is Christmas biblical?
-1: It is insulting to Pagans, both ancient and modern, to call their Gods nonexistent. Is it possible to avoid insulting those who worship the Roman pantheon? The Gods of ancient Rome existed then, and exist now, just to the same extent as the Christian God does, although with less worldly impact. They survive through the ancient texts that describe their attributes, in our literature and arts. Whatever "existence juice" you refuse to them, will in turn be refused to your God.
Jan
9
answered Where does Jesus stand on war and peace?
Jan
6
awarded  Commentator
Jan
6
awarded  Editor
Jan
6
revised Does God change?
there is more than one Gregory
Jan
6
awarded  Supporter
Jan
6
answered Does God change?
Jan
6
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
It's right here: en.wikisource.org/wiki/Bible_%28Wikisource%29/Genesis . I am fluent in Hebrew, since I was born in Israel, but I have no sectarian religious education, nor do I practice any religion, so I don't have biases--- I read it and translated it, being fluent in the language it isn't so difficult. There are (a very few) gross mistranslations in other versions, which I footnoted. Generally, I was shocked that KJ is so darn accurate. I did something like 5 books (genesis, exodus, leviticus, and a few other minor ones). No other Hebrew speaker seems to be active on the site.
Jan
5
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
This comes from doing my own translation of Genesis from Hebrew to English.
Jan
5
comment Why does Moses have compassion that God lacks?
@El'endia Starman: I try never to plagiarize.
Jan
5
answered Why does Moses have compassion that God lacks?
Jan
5
awarded  Teacher
Jan
5
answered What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?