Does the bible need to be literally true in every word in order to be a testament to the life and death of a remarkable man who changed the world? No! It doesn't.Now, my conclusion is quite different: it's time to abandon all religions to history and superstition where they belong. But at least this is one person who has done something to combat Christian extremism, and who, unlike most Christians, is not just sitting idly by.
So why do you hang your hat on that? Of all the really important things that need fixing on Earth, why do you fixate on whether gays can marry, or waste your time saving a woman who really was, it turned out, completely brain-dead? Why do you spend so much time arguing about how God created the universe, when the exact details don't matter? You can pray in school any time you want-- why force it on others? The justice system generally holds the same values as the ten commandments... why do you need it actually spelled out?
Do you think your rabid devotion to insignificant minutia really makes Jesus happy? I think he's probably more interested in you spending that kind of time and energy on helping your fellow man, don't you?
Do you really think God suffers from the same frailties as human beings, and would condemn vast numbers of people to Hell over such tiny details? I think he's much bigger and greater than you give Him credit for. I think He's infinitely more loving than the vengeful monster you hope he is.
It's time to take back Christianity from such insanity.
The rise of religious violence in the form of terrorism and the war on terror has driven some further into their insulated caves of exclusivity (all religions are exclusive, which is why calls for peace and cooperation, such as what this site's author is doing, are futile). But it has also sparked the realization in many that religion is the problem. Everything else is merely ineffectual treatment of surface symptoms. If humanity is ever to truly get along peacably with itself, it must abandon religion. All religions.
Of course, that's not likely to happen.