How The Grinch Chose His Eternal Destiny
And than I begin to ruminate not on the particulars of your argument but on its large theme, a theme against the concept of BELIEF as a central component of FAITH. A BELIEF often regimented, validated, distributed by Christianity hegemony but also besieged by secular modalities of legitimizing and differentiating “good” thought from “false” thought. Maybe you are on to something with this de-emphasizing — really more of a re-contextualizing — of REASON justified (via Post-enlightenment/scientific method) as the linchpin of Christian identity.
I am reminded of the penultimate moment in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the disembodied narrator saying of the title character, “He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas (or in our case BELIEF), he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas ( again, BELIEF), perhaps, means a little bit more!”
My puzzler is certainly soar but you use of the OT would support you and I am not obliged to disagree if you agree that I understand you thus far.