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Who Said That?

"Organized religions in general, in my opinion, are dying forms...They were all very important when we didn't know why the sun moved, why weather changed, why hurricanes occurred, or volcanoes happened...Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally!...I choose not to believe that's the way. And that's what makes America cool, you know?"

Please leave your guess in the comments section.  No google searches or cheating.  Answer to follow next week.

Reader Comments (16)

Walter Willis
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiminator
Rob Bell?
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Meredith
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert I.
Bruce Willis - another actor with a bully pulpit.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Wiley
Bruce Willis who unfortunately walked away from the LCMS.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen Rapoza
Yes he chooses not to believe it's literal because if he did, he would then be accountable to the sovereign God. It's not that they can't (well some can't) but that they won't.

Could be Bill Maher.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Sounds like President Obama to me.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Smith
Wasn't that in that "Religulous" thing? If not, the idea was certainly there...
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCoyle
LOL to Andrew's 'Rob Bell'.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Priestap
Brian McLaren
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdsanger
I get a kick out of the people that talk about a literal interpretation.

The correct way to interpret the Bible is historical, grammatical. What is a literal interpretation? You translate the Bible literally, unless there is something in the text which would indicate something other than a literal interpretation.

Historical narrative should be interpreted literally. Psalms, Proverbs and Songs of Solomon are poetic books, so they should be interpreted like you would poetry. Books like Daniel and Revelation use a lot of symbolism, so much of it should be interpreted symbolically.

And, of course, there are also anthropopomorshisms, anthropopathisms, zoomorphisms, hyperboles, paradoxes, similies, metaphors, parables, allegories and other figures of speech.

The best summary of the Bible is non other than the Book of Concord.

Anyone that doesn't understand the Bible could have made this comment. I hear comments like this all of the time.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
Correction: The word is spelled anthropomorphisms.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd
It sounds snarky and like something Bill Mahr would say, especially the "cool" part.
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhb
Correction, Lloyd, the best summary of the Bible is the Westminster Confession of Faith. :)

Whoever this dude is not only doesn't know the Bible, but his very words betray that he doesn't know Christ.
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Carr
I didn't know what America being cool had to do with a modernist read of organized religion. I got curious and cheated. It didn't help clear up the alleged connection. (I guess that's what I get for cheating.)

If he means that America is cool because nobody is forced to be a biblicist who plucks his eyes out for sinning, uh, yeah, I guess that's pretty cool. But that's true everywhere, I think. And, actually, what makes America cool is more that only here can you be bald AND an action-movie star.
April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZrim
Bruce Willis
April 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdag

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