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Michael Abrahams is duped

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Doesn't MICHaEL Abrahams recognise the folly of the antitheists who dismiss the Bible as myth and allegory even as they are superimposing their own naturalism when ready to attack it?

Self-style critics parading as Bible commentators, and sometimes clergymen, are not only victims of an academic political conditioning that has lost its prestige, but a strange form of scary and disingenuous biblical illiteracy, oozing sound bites imaging the most notorious political Internet hate groups on social media.

Robbed of its background information and genre, any literature can be revisioned, misinterpreted and demonised. The character of an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and omnibenevolent Creator characterises the interpretational context of biblical records.

These attributes are witnessed progressively throughout scripture and ought not to be decontextualised and demythologised in order to read genocide, violence, murder and slavery into ancient genre.

Revelatory narratives best describe divine attributed (or justified) human experiences, not naturalistic atheistic political assumptions. A proper study of genre is the fear of many antitheists, but Abrahams would do well to take the time to indulge.

Christopher Kennedy