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Are Agnosticism and Atheism Compatible with Christianity?

Discussion in 'Liberal Christianity DIR' started by spiritually inclined, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. lilithu

    lilithu The Devil's Advocate

    Nov 27, 2004
    Sorry, didn't mean to come off as correcting you. :eek: The definitions that you gave were not wrong. It's just that there are others.

    In my view, the bible is a compilation of stories told by humans about God. As such, it is not inerrant, not perfect. The humans who experienced God would have interpreted the experience through their own social lenses. And those experiences would have been further changed through interpretation by others.

    BUT, this doesn't mean that the bible isn't valuable. Firstly, it still reflects the initial experiences of God by some of its authors, which while not perfect do contain elements that are in common with each other. Second, it is just as important, as religious people, to pay attention to how other religious people responded, how they struggled.

    The bible is beautiful. I love the stories of Adam and Eve, Jacob, Job, Jonah... as well as the teachings of Jesus. And in reflecting on what these stories might have meant to them, and what they mean to me now, I feel that in doing so I treat the bible with a lot more respect than if I were to just say "It's all true" and not really wrestle with the texts.

    Obviously others would disagree.

    I think, and this would have to be done elsewhere, not in this thread, but I think the best way to understand this is to see it done. For example, take a story and see how a liberal Christian would treat it (there would obviously be lots of different ways) and how a biblical literalist would treat it.
  2. Doodlebug02

    Doodlebug02 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2004
    Atheism is not compatible with Christianity but Agnosticism is. You can be an Agnostic Christian. In a sense, I am sort of an Agnostic Christian because I do not know for certain that God exists. I do believe He exists though.