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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Quote of The Day

Today's quote comes from a retired American Bishop of the Episcopal Church Diocese of Newark named John Shelby Spong. He was known to be "liberal" and "progressive" in his religious ideas. Nevertheless, I like what he says. Here it is:

"The Bible has been used for centuries by Christians as a weapon of control. To read it literally is to believe in a three-tiered universe, to condone slavery, to treat women as inferior creatures, to believe that sickness is caused by God's punishment and that mental disease and epilepsy are caused by demonic possession. When someone tells me that they believe the Bible is the 'literal and inerrant word of God,' I always ask, 'Have you ever read it'?" Bishop John Shelby Spong

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