From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> > > Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> 10/31/07 1:30 AM >>>
> > >
> > > As for the literalists, I can see defending them only on the
> > > ground of ignorance, culpable or not.
The point of my message, IN CONTEXT, is that non-literalists are very
recent in Christianity. These changes don't happen over night, especially
not when people have a major cultural investment in their current practice.
So I disagree with the literalists, but I don't think they deserve to be
condemned or demonised for what they are doing. I certainly refuse to do
so, even though some literalists are very good at demonising the secular
Sometimes the negativity I see levelled at the literalists makes it seem
they are looked at by their critics with the same animus Hitler had for
I rather like what the Bishop who heads the Lutheran Church in Germany
had to say, given that some of the Southern US literalists use the name of
Luther in the name of their denominations. He said in words to
the effect that their main focus is justice, while ours is love. Just a
straight forward observation. No condemnation.