It is less easy to be certain when one learns more about anything: a review of the movie For the Bible Tells Me So

ftbposterIn this 2007 documentary, according to the Netflix description, Director Daniel G. Karslake goes to the Bible to examine the ways in which conservative Christian groups have used — and sometimes exploited — scripture to deny human rights to gays and lesbians around the world.

The movie focuses on the issues surrounding gay and lesbian family members in five families, including those of Richard Gephardt and Gene Robinson ( the first openly gay person elected a Bishop in the Episcopal Church). The stories are not all heart-warming.

People like Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech discuss the passages used in the Bible to denounce homosexuality.

I cried at the end of the movie.

If one watches this movie, it will cause doubt in things that were previously certain.

I watched some other things last night, so I may be misremembering the source of this little tidbit, but I believe it in the movie—the Bible was never thought to be required to be read literally until the early 20th Century, that this type of reading is really pretty new and a result of the Fundamentalist movement of the same time frame.

Also, there is a difference between how it reads and what it says. In order to understand what it says requires analysis of the time it was written, the then extant culture, religion and people.

Another piece of data is that Sodom was not a wicked city due to sexual deviance, but because it violated the law of welcoming strangers.  It was inhospitable. The desire of the city elders to have sex with the angels was not for pleasure but for domination and humiliation of them, much as a conquering army rapes.

About the only thing bad about the movie is that many who should watch it will not because they believe it to be counter to what they already know, or as Darwin said Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.  It is less easy to be certain when one learns more about anything.

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