Unscrupulous Ed Brayton won't let me reply directly to his potshots
I do want to reply to Ed's statement, "Believing something different from Jews makes one anti-Semitic?" No, I did not mean that these Cafeteria Christians are anti-Semitic just because their beliefs are different from those of Jews (particularly fundamentalist Jews). IMO what makes these Cafeteria Christians anti-Semitic is their dishonesty -- they claim that the Old Testament is one of the foundations of their faith, they often call their faith "Judeo-Christian," and they praise the Jews as their predecessors in the Judeo-Christian faith, and then they turn around and reject the Old Testament's creation story while accepting the New Testament's gospel as literal truth, even though the creation story makes much more sense than the gospel, as I pointed out in a previous post:
To be interpreted literally, both the creation story and the gospel require belief in the supernatural, but the bible's creation story is fairly straightforward whereas the gospel is full of illogic, inconsistencies, ambiguities, and unintelligibility. And the creation story is consistent with the idea of an all-powerful god (except for the fact that god had to rest after all that hard work of ordaining creation for six days) whereas the god of the gospel is a weak, limited god who must struggle against Satan for control of the world.
It is true that many Jews -- particularly non-orthodox Jews -- also deny that the creation story is the literal truth, but at least they don't look inconsistent by accepting the far less credible gospel at the same time.
Also, the Catholic Church went so far as to exclude anti-evolutionists from a recent Vatican-sponsored conference on evolution. And the Catholic Church's celibacy requirement for priests also represents a rejection of the Old Testament -- Genesis 2:24 says, "therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife," with no exception given for Catholic priests.
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