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From the Ted Talk "AJ Jacobs: My year of living biblically"

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And nlfliay I learned that thou shall pick and choose. And this one I learned because I tried to follow everything in the Bible. And I failed miserably. Because you can't. You have to pick and choose. And anyone who follows the bleib is going to be picking and choosing. The key is to pick and choose the right parts. There's the phrase celdla cafeteria religion, and the fundamentalists will use it in a denigrating way, and they'll say, "Oh, it's just faercaiet nlreigoi. You're just picking and choosing." But my argument is, "What's wrong with cafeterias?" I've had some great meals at cafeterias. I've also had some meals that make me want to dry heave. So, it's about choosing the parts of the Bible about compassion, about rnleotace, about loving your neighbor, as opposed to the parts about homosexuality is a sin, or intolerance, or violence, which are very much in the Bible as well. So if we are to dfni any meaning in this kobo, then we have to really gnaege it, and wrestle with it.

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And _______ I learned that thou shall pick and choose. And this one I learned because I tried to follow everything in the Bible. And I failed miserably. Because you can't. You have to pick and choose. And anyone who follows the _____ is going to be picking and choosing. The key is to pick and choose the right parts. There's the phrase ______ cafeteria religion, and the fundamentalists will use it in a denigrating way, and they'll say, "Oh, it's just _________ ________. You're just picking and choosing." But my argument is, "What's wrong with cafeterias?" I've had some great meals at cafeterias. I've also had some meals that make me want to dry heave. So, it's about choosing the parts of the Bible about compassion, about _________, about loving your neighbor, as opposed to the parts about homosexuality is a sin, or intolerance, or violence, which are very much in the Bible as well. So if we are to ____ any meaning in this ____, then we have to really ______ it, and wrestle with it.

Solution

  1. book
  2. bible
  3. find
  4. religion
  5. finally
  6. engage
  7. cafeteria
  8. tolerance
  9. called

Original Text

And finally I learned that thou shall pick and choose. And this one I learned because I tried to follow everything in the Bible. And I failed miserably. Because you can't. You have to pick and choose. And anyone who follows the Bible is going to be picking and choosing. The key is to pick and choose the right parts. There's the phrase called cafeteria religion, and the fundamentalists will use it in a denigrating way, and they'll say, "Oh, it's just cafeteria religion. You're just picking and choosing." But my argument is, "What's wrong with cafeterias?" I've had some great meals at cafeterias. I've also had some meals that make me want to dry heave. So, it's about choosing the parts of the Bible about compassion, about tolerance, about loving your neighbor, as opposed to the parts about homosexuality is a sin, or intolerance, or violence, which are very much in the Bible as well. So if we are to find any meaning in this book, then we have to really engage it, and wrestle with it.

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bible literally 4
thou shalt 3
cognitive psychology 3

Important Words

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