[lbo-talk] 1/3 of Americans believe Bible is literally true

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Mon May 28 17:59:01 PDT 2007

bitch at pulpculture.org wrote:
> the point about the 'literal truth' answer is that they're getting at
> those, among christians, who have been taught that it's the literal truth.
> and, whether they really believe that or not,

Just a possibility -- a fight I gave up on with students 40+ years ago. People don't use the word "literally" literally. "He's a dinosaur. That's the literal truth!" It's a mere intensifier, having no relationship one way or another to the difference between metaphor and statement, etc.


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