David Maine: How should the Bible be interpreted?
David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Question: Do you see the Bible as a story?
David Maine: Some of it is. Some of it’s just lists. Some of it’s rules. Not really, like Leviticus and Deuteronomy it’s just like don’t to just, don’t fuck your mom, don’t fuck your mother-in-law, don’t fuck the cattle, don’t the fuck, really go look. It’s amazing. Mother-in-law, I wish I had known that. I do think that it should be anybody who takes a sacred text, or who takes the text as sacred and says “I am going to live by this.” I do think that that person should read the text for themselves. I am the leery of preachers and gurus of all stripes.
The Bible is less than a story.
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At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
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- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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