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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 November 2007 03:57AM

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Comment author: pdf23ds 01 November 2007 11:59:32AM 2 points [-]

The real difficulty is in that "neutral reading" part. Easy enough if you're not a Christian, but if you are...

As a teen, I was a fundamentalist Christian. When I began to take my faith seriously, I set about doing some apologetics, and did some work on biblical inerrancy. Well, after a little research, I found that inerrancy just didn't hold up. (Most lists don't contain the good examples, unfortunately.) So I became an atheist.

I think fundamentalism is precarious, because it encourages a scientific viewpoint with regards to the faith, which requires ignorance or double-think to be stable. In the absence of either, it implodes.