A post at unreasonable faith deals with the accusation that [many of the most vocal] atheists have the same view of the bible as fundamentalists. A view that is just as naive and worthy of derision.
The post attempts to define this approach in two parts.
1. The acceptance that the bible is authoritative. The foundational, or fundamental authority, perhaps.
2. That the bible should be read according to its most obvious meaning (not its literal meaning, always, but its common sense reading).
Vorjack (the author) states that these atheists are not treating the bible the same ways a fundamentalists because, while they agree on point 2, they obviously disagree with point 1. The atheist does not believe the bible is authoritative.
This is an interesting point, but one that misses the point. Hard.
The point of the comparison (a comparison I’ve made before), is that the atheists in question do believe in 1: they do believe that the bible should be authoritative. Not over their own beliefs, of course, but over the beliefs of Christians. They claim, loudly and frequently, that this is the right way for a Christian to approach the bible, and that not approaching the bible this way is be using it wrong, or doing Christianity wrong. And that is why the comparison matters.