Just curious what others think about his explanation:
this i agree with you on! as a work of fiction, it can be studied to get an understanding of the times it was written and the authors world-views... sadly, their concept of a loving hateful god sure has messed with thousands of years of civilization..
One other thing I would say Yossarian, is that this has been going on since the time of Bultmann. That the Kerygma whatever you chose that kernel of truth to be, is what matters in the text despite the inaccuracies is a very old concept. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Bultmann
Yossarian, I don't know what to tell you other than it is hell to go through this and it only gets worse. I held out hope and fought for years. I went around to the brightest minds I could find. The thing that kept me from losing it earlier was the bad arguments that kept coming from many atheists, but eventually I found my own arguments. A few of their good ones ended up sticking but not most. I don't know what to tell you other than it sucks and I'll be there for support when the mountain crashes. The problem is that you go trying to find out ways to shore up that mountain and nothing is to be found.
A lot of people don't understand what it is like coming from being faithful to losing your faith. Many have bad experiences, or never really felt they believed it or fit in. There are those of us who were incredibly devoted, and serious about holiness and obedience. There are those of us who didn't follow it out of obligation but rather love and passion. But in the end we realized to our horror that it just couldn't be true.
I don't know what to say beyond it gets tough, but it starts to get better.