Overheard with Evan Smith: Reza Aslan (excerpt)

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1 Sahil Badruddin = ""The bedrock of evangelical Christianity, at least as it was taught to me, is the unconditional belief that every word of the Bible is Godbreathed and true, literal and inerrant. The sudden realization that this belief is patently and irrefutably false, that the Bible is replete with the most blatant and obvious errors and contradictions—just as one would expect from a document written by hundreds of hands across thousands of years—left me confused and spiritually unmoored. And so, like many people in my situation, I angrily discarded my faith as if it were a costly forgery I had been duped into buying. I began to rethink the faith and culture of my forefathers, finding in them as an adult a deeper, more intimate familiarity than I ever had as a child, the kind that comes from reconnecting with an old friend after many years apart."-Zealot, Reza Aslan"