Literalism hardens our hearts and impedes our imaginations from encountering afresh God’s presence in the world. It prevents us from approaching mystery. It narrows by making the multiple into one; multiple meanings, multiple definitions, and multiple interpretations are reduced to one, monolithic meaning. Literalism abhors the symbolic, the metaphoric, the “as-if” quality of words, of truth, of experience. Literalism, when taken to its extreme, leads to fundamentalisms of all varieties, also associated with texts, with words and the meaning of words. We see this particularly in religion, in fights over how the Bible or the Koran may be interpreted, which then leads to conflicts over ethics, morality, and competing worldviews.
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by Kenneth E. Kovacs, Ph.D.