Posted: Jun 04, 2015 11:47 am
by tolman
iskander wrote:Contradictions in a religious text are an opportunity for the religious to develop alternative interpretations. The ambiguity , even the contradictions, in any religious text allows ' one hundred flowers to bloom' as Mao Tse Tung apparently said about Marxism in China.

I think everyone understands the practical value of wiggle room.

It's just that wiggle-room-via-contradictions and inconsistencies is incompatible with the ideas of Divine Truth which a significant fraction of believers believe in, and an even larger fraction are likely to have been told they should believe in.

And that, of course, is the point of pointing contradictions out - to help that subset of people free themselves from the simplistic and sometimes dangerous approach they have to a book, and to graduate to either a more sophisticated and grown-up form of belief, or to non-belief.