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Coldwinterskies posted a topic in General Religion Questions & DiscussionI was just watching this video where Penn Jillette mentions that ACTUALLY READING the Bible in its full context is a big part of why he is now an atheist: This is not the first time that I have heard an atheist say this. I know a lot of former Jehovah's Witnesses who say that part of how they ended up rejecting the religion was by actually just sitting down and READING the Bible in its actual context, instead of just looking at the carefully hand-picked, often out of context quoting of the Bible that Watchtower magazines use (nowadays they encourage people to use an online app to look at their materials to make it easier to get people to focus just on the particular portions they want people to read). However, I have seen several fundies that we talk about on here talk about how they actually have read the Bible cover to cover. I am genuinely curious about how someone who believes in a LITERAL interpretation of the Bible and also really understands WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS reconciles some of the weird stuff in there. I mean, I can understand reconciling some of it if you are a Christian who doesn't take the Bible literally. However, these people believe that the whole thing is the literal truth handed down from God, so how do they reconcile some of the stuff that is illogical, contradictory, or distasteful to modern people like the stuff about offering up your daughter to be raped or the slavery stuff? Do any of you who grew up in fundie families have insights on what kind of mental gymnastics they use for this?