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The Bible's Clash with Today's Reality: Why the Beliefs of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry Are So Repugnant

Two key GOP candidates have stressed their commitment to fundamentalist Christianity, but these ancient traditions don't mesh with precepts of modern society.

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There were no dating procedures. Their wedding was a celebration of the transfer of ownership of a woman from her father to her husband. They carried on this practice because they made ancient cultural rules a part of their faith practice, seeing themselves as being faithful to Bible standards.

In today’s world, women have carved out very different roles for themselves than the roles assigned to them by the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Today’s women have made it clear they will never again submit to the cultural practices found in the Bible.

Christians have rightfully seen the necessity of translating the Bible from language to language to facilitate an understanding of the Bible messages. However, most Christians have not understood the necessity of translating the Bible messages from culture to culture.

To be effective the Christian message must be freed from the cultural shackles found in the Bible.

Rev. Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska. His email address is

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