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Bible is key for understanding literature, culture, self

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By Warren Parkin

Bring up the importance of the Bible and two reactions are common: unquestioning zeal for God’s literal word, and anger. Both reactions stem from defensive points of view: defense of the faith; and defense of the self from those eager to impose belief.

I would like to offer an alternative that has nothing to do with arguments about faith or truth.

The Bible is important because its proverbs, its stories and its mythologies underpin art and literature in Western Civilization.


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