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Biblical truths
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

As I read the letter "Beliefs are not facts" (Forum, July 6), I could not help but share the author's frustration with those who seem to twist scripture into any argument they may be having. I would like to assure him that it can also be deeply "unnerving" for believers to see holy texts bandied about without regard for historical context (tradition) and reason.

However, I must lead with yet another quote: "We know the truth, not only through our reason, but also through our heart."

I quote Blaise Pascal because to imply that there is a singular source of authority in exploring social and environmental issues is highly reductionist. And I don't care if you are Richard Dawkins or the Dali Lama, ethics are neither obvious nor natural.

Does the Bible have all of the answers? No. Can it be read with a critical eye? I should hope so! But to outright disregard a thousand years of wisdom literature for the sake of a "factual world" is the work of fundamentalists who, whether they are religious or "rational," always seek to impose a singular truth on a plural world.

Charlie Knuth

Salt Lake City

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