Part of my Avalos Series
In a comment in my post earlier today, Hector Avalos (the author himself) directs us to his excellent, short article which was published today: “The Praise of Biblical Illiteracy“. There, as in his book, he clearly states:
My main point is that biblical illiteracy should not always be regarded as a bad thing.
I agree with him strongly. Certainly the vast majority of believers will disagree. But I am going to wager that many atheists and even agnostics are going to also disagree with him. And perhaps I understand why they would defensively disagree. For I, like many of them, even though an Atheist, have lots invested in the Bible. I know a fair bit about it. I know how it ties into history and literature. If literacy died, my knowledge would become largely useless.
It seems a human reflex to preserve that with which we are familiar. There are movements to preserve languages, cuisines, customs, music and even technologies. We make museums like tombstones for those things that do succumb. I have had several mini-deaths in my life where I had to give up whole areas of knowledge: Hindi, Japanese, Homeopathy, Acupuncture … I use to have a rather large sum of knowledge in all these yet I gave them up as I pursued other knowledge and activities, that knowledge, without its necessary nourishment, has withered. It is sad to see a familiar thing die. But all things die. (See my mini-death post)
Avalos’ fine article lays out many reasons to support his desire, I have just added my two cents to help others see their own psychological reflexes which may block them from hearing some of Avalos’ fine insights. Please to give his article a read if you don’t plan to read his book.