More than a couple of Christian fundamentalists have called me a convenient relativist, usually after I’ve suggested that it might make sense to read parts of the Bible metaphorically and not literally. Their arguments go something like this: “Well, where do you draw the line, then? How do you know which parts of scripture to read metaphorically and which parts to take as fact? You might as well throw the whole Bible out as being nothing more than a collection of fairy tales.”
I was talking to Bev about this and she made a pretty good point; if the Biblical literalists are really so hung up on taking the Bible at face value and eschewing metaphor then they must know precisely where Hell is – in a garbage pit outside of Jerusalem.
Hey, you can’t have your scroll and eat it too.