One student asked:
"This way of looking at the Bible is beautiful, but it's different from the way I have been raised to look at it. My fear is that when we make it so open and so broad, what about the groups that take a piece and run - using it against people?"
"Is there a significance that women are left out?"
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Of course there's a significance: we should do otherwise! We are living in a different time. Much has happened in the meantime. We have to recognize that there have been shifts. I'm not saying that all our ideologies are perfect, of course we have our deficiencies. The Declaration of Independence speaks of the rights of individuals, but women and non-whites weren't individuals. So we have to be careful about these documents. It's slowly donning on us that these things are worth being defended. The cornerstone of our current value system is "equal rights for everyone"... but we are still struggling.
But this declaration of individual rights has its drawback: ultimately, is everyone in isolation?
Nothing in this world is perfect. Our desperate endeavors to make this world for six billion people a livable world, under humane perspectives, I am sometimes despairing that we will ever achieve that. If you look around this world at what is wrong. It's so absolutely stunning. I think, my goodness, what is humanity doing? Millions starving. Millions getting lost in wars. You know the deficiencies.
So, the significance of excluding anybody: it should not be that way.
Should the texts of terror even remain in the canon? Are they inspired?
Yes, because our sacred documents reflect real humans. We are not in heaven yet. But we have to distinguish between what is good and right today, and what we can promote. Don't ask for a clean cannon of only niceties. They don't happen.
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