But there aren't entire institutions based on the idea that you will suffer eternally if you don't agree with a philosopher.Sonnilion said:Also, you compared a tragedy by Shakespeare to a spiritual text. Two completely different types of writing. There are plenty of writings that are up to interpretation and do not have to be followed by every word. For example, you can like a philosopher, but not have to agree with every word they say, and ignore what you disagree with.
If this makes me as a fundamentalist atheist, then so be it.I have to disagree with you here. This view is no better than the fundamentalist book worshippers who argue that you cant pick and choose the word of God.
If you wanna say that you think Jesus was a pretty cool guy but don't like his book, so be it.I know of Christains who do not believe in the bible, they believe in JC and most of the events that went with him, they believe in his teachings and his message to be one of the most corrupted books in history (...and other than the first two points I agree with them).
Sure, there's no law saying you can't pick and choose. You can do that for anything. However, my original claim is not hypocritical. I'm not subscribing to an interpretation. The bible proclaims itself to be the word of god, as do many churches. All I said was that if you claim the bible to be the word of god, it's hypocritical not to follow all of it. Otherwise, why listen to anything the bible says at all?The thing is their is absolutely no reason to say you cant, and secondly there is absolutely no reason to believe it is (ie. the bible).
The point is, you can pick and choose. Anyone who says otherwise is a hypocrite as they picked and chose to interpret whoever interpretation/narrative/story/selection/etc.. that was picked and chosen.