Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
Another book for you to pick up, in case you don't, you know, have a job or a family or a lawn to mow or anything.
Bart D. Ehrman's Jesus, Interrupted is the latest review in Salon's ongoing series of "Conversations About Science and Faith." Looks like it's worth your time, too, if you're not afraid of feeling a little burned when the whole thing is said and done.
Ehrman's another classic case of someone who's come up through the evangelical track and ended up an academic and an agnostic. Sigh. Why is it that when we actually invest scholarly time and energy into studying the real historical facts going on here, it becomes so hard to maintain a genuine faith in Christianity? (Projection, sorry.)
It's a long interview, but a sharp one, a bit wistful, frank. Ehrman seems to have a good sense of the state of American Christianity right now. I wonder what the future will hold. It seems like no matter how many of these sharp deconstructions come out, the Religious Right just keeps on firing its empty literalistic shells.
Jesus Is Just Alright With Him (Salon.com)