Bible 'foibles' are not the whole story

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2007

Kray Van Kirk's treatise (My Turn on April 18) on the human foibles of the Bible was a cowardly cheap shot. Were Van Kirk intellectually honest, we should see follow-up essays on the inconsistencies of the Quran, Bhagavad Gita and the Book of Mormon. He might as well have a whole series demeaning people of faith. I doubt we'll ever see that in print.

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The author's approach is the same as that of W.C. Fields, who, when found reading the Bible, was asked what he was doing. His response: "Looking for a loophole."

Mark Twain had a different approach, noting that most people, like Van Kirk, "Are bothered by those passages of scripture they don't understand. But, for me, I have always noticed that the passages that bother me are those I do understand."

Van Kirk would do better to study those passages.

Chuck Pilcher

Kirkland, Wash.

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