How Audacious to Not Know Hebrew or Greek!

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 17, 2006

Dear Editor,
    The trouble with fundamentalist beliefs is that they often don't go far enough. They stop short of making the logical conclusions to which they should naturally be led.
    Take for instance the fundamentalist principle that life begins at conception. Well, that ignores what any biology student knows to be true. Anyone who has ever witnessed a sperm cell wriggling on a microscope slide knows that sperm are living beings. Those little squirming tails do not lie. And if the sperm is alive, so must be the ovum. To kill a sperm or an egg is surely tantamount to abortion, which should give pause to every teenage boy or menstruating woman. Life clearly begins before conception.
    Intelligent design is another area where the fundies have just not developed their beliefs fully. After all, the complexity of our universe seems to imply that there must indeed be a creator. However, another fact of nature is at least as apparent and leads us to a slightly different conclusion. Time and again when we look around us, we find male and female principles displayed in nature. Throughout the plant and animal kingdoms, the duality of maleness versus femaleness is everywhere. It might even be seen in the nonliving mineral kingdom, if one considers the phallic nature of many rock formations and the breastlike appearance of mountains. This duality of creation certainly dictates that two creators were active in its inception. (Well, given the shortcomings of the male half of nature, maybe it was more like one creator and her husband.) To be accurate, shouldn't we be teaching the dual deity version of intelligent design in schools?
    And the Bible has surely been shortchanged by fundamentalists. After all, they say it is the actual, literal word of God. Since every word must be literally true, it is dismaying to find that fundamentalists read (gasp!) translations of God's word. How dare they alter the word of God! How dare they claim to have read the Bible if they cannot read Hebrew and Greek?
Ben Hogue
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