[lit-ideas] Re: Radical Islam and Radical Americanism

  • From: Mike Geary <jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 18:25:44 -0500

Basically, I was telling Lawrence that if he's going throw God at me, I'll
throw God back at him.  Most people, it's my guess, need an authority to
tell them what to do.  I don't.  Not only don't -- won't even entertain

Mike Geary
on my own
in Memphis

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM, Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 11/3/2010 6:27 PM, Mike Geary wrote:
>> Many commentators today show that far from being nonviolent, the Bible is
>> really full of violence.
> Like...yeah. The "Bible" is an anthology of scrolls that exist in many
> versions, from many traditions. To expect coherence is silly, like expecting
> all the poets in the Norton Anthology to agree with each other. For example,
> either 1&2 Kings or 1&2 Chronicles is true...they can't both be accurate.
> It's as though Mike were angry at Palgrave's _Golden Treasury_.
> For me, the important point about the Decalogue (those ten rules not being
> singled out until the Middle Ages) which Lawrence makes is between "murder"
> and "kill." People often assume the hairy thunderer requires "Thou shalt not
> kill." In fact, it is "Thou shalt not murder."
> On the other hand, the Koran is soaked in blood, a book born of blood and
> conquest. Doesn't bother me. I like Viking Sagas too.
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