Emanuel Kolyvas Posted over 2 years ago Is it time to accept literal religious belief systems are intellectually bankrupt? It is wonderful that we continue to want to share with one another the human experience of “awareness of the infinite” especially now that we know that our “physically detectable” reality is roughly 10% of what might be “out-” or “in-” there. Even though we do need practical “functional models” to meet our needs as members of humanity, it seems to me that our open-mindedness to the infinite paths towards the realization “the Theory of Everything” is kept alive both by the progressive understanding of what something is “not” rather than only by the self-limiting exercise of trying to define what something “is.” Concerning the literal interpretation of the “Bible” by various present-day Christian sects, in the early years of the “Christian” movement it would fair to say that its “Holy Scriptures” were the Hebrew Scriptures in use at that time. These texts were now understood by the early Christians in the context of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth because it was he who gave them the expanded understanding of how these Scriptures related to him, as illustrated in Luke 24:13-24. The books which are grouped together as the New Testament in Christian Bible resulted from the effort to preserve the “living tradition” and “core” teaching for future generations. During Late Antiquity much was written by Christian scholars and “contemplative masters” that was in keeping with the life and teachings of the historical Jesus. No doubt the Gnostic debates of the second to fourth centuries and other internal challenges over the centuries have complicated the transmission of the original living tradition and eventually gave birth to the literalist movement of the recent past. It is thanks to this literalist movement and the good scholarship that it continues to promote that there is a “rediscovery” of the writings of these early Christian scholars and whose works are becoming increasingly more readily available over the past few years.