Some interesting reading on religion, particularly the difference in what the words of religious texts say, and what people understand by them. The crucial paragraph as far as I’m concerned is (my emphasis):
The really important thing about the meaning of religious texts is that it is communally determined. As the American anthropologist of religion Scott Atran says, it isn’t poetry. Believers decide together what action the text demands, and then they do it. The decision is binding on everyone.
I’ll be returning to this theme when I get round to writing my big post about religion and anarchism.