I am a cross-disciplinary expert in pattern recognition.
The main problem with religious fundamentalism of all sorts is the term "fundamentalism." In fact, "superficialism" would be a far more accurate term.
I do not know of one Christian who reads the Tanach, the Jewish bible, in a truth-based context. The Tanach is largely incorporated into the Christian Old Testament, so Christians have the words, but they read it in the context of the Nicean Creed of the year 325, which established the concept of the Trinity.
For a Jew Torah, the covenant for all Jews with God, is the core of everything. The other parts of the Tanach are written in the context of Torah. Torah itself is a multifaceted multidimensional document which is an exquisite plan for an open stable system. Studying Torah in context and in the process of the weekly portion is a never-ending discovery. The rule is Torah cannot be compared to anything and everything must be compared to Torah. Any truth taken out of context may or may not be true.
Anyone who reads Torah in context would understand that the rules of purity for Jewish women are essential to have Jewish birthright passed through the maternal lines. The second essential knowledge is that the soul enters the body of the fetus at the beginning of the third trimester in most cases. There are some exceptions, when they enter later.
Fundamentalists just do not understand the ethical issue for prolife is about protoplasm until the third trimester. Any woman paying attention to her body and the fetus she is carrying knows when that precious soul enters the fetus. Before that the growth is preparation for receiving the soul.
Reading Torah any other way is the choice of the individual and their context and comprehension. The Pope is a perfect example of reading Jewish texts in terms of the Nicean Creed. The Nicean Creed was certainly a man-made document. The winners of the adoption of the creed banished or otherwise eliminated all the traditionalists.
Jesus certainly would have been one of the traditionallists.
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May 21 2009 - 11:27am