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  • n  the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
  • n  a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense

  • With the Supreme Court's creationism decision, Louisiana teachers will no longer be forced to present biblical literalism as science.
  • The erosion of literalism, moreover, may have put the Bible's poetry in sharper relief.
  • In the wake of Vatican II, many American Catholics "wanted to restrict things to only a scientific way of knowing" and shied away from the rite's supernatural literalism, says the .

  • Condoleezza Rice in Times
    US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice says in an US-India Business Council meet, "Together, we can strive for effective principled multi-literalism but based on our common values to shape an international order in accordance with those values that...
  • Andrew Hutchison in Today's Family News
    I'm absolutely horrified to think that this kind of fanatical literalism would be applied in this day and age,Anglican Church of Canada primate Andrew Hutchison said.
  • Alan Wolfe in Boston Globe (registration)
    The notion of Biblical inerrancy, of Biblical literalism, is really un-Catholic,says Alan Wolfe, a political scientist and scholar of religion at Boston College. "The whole point of having a priesthood and a magisterium [the Latin term for...

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