11th July 2012

“The absolute certainty, the unreflective credence given to ancient texts that relate to historically remote conditions, the zealotry and bigotry that flow from their certainty, are profoundly dangerous: at their extreme they result in mass murder, but long before then they issue in censorship, coercion to conform, the control of women, the closing of hearts and minds.”

A.C. Grayling

3 Responses to “11th July 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    For those that follow faith it is all too common for them to have not read its book. This makes the following all that much more foolish.

  2. Kittie Aldakkour Says:

    Sinjin,
    Replying to your comment yesterday. I used to think of myself as a Republican – then I realized I have much stronger Libertarian beliefs and completely reject many of the Republican ones. The control of women mentioned above is a big one for me. There are many things that Republicans as a group cling to that are silly to me – arresting people for prostitution for instance when in the next car is someone doing the same thing… but without a pre-agreed upon price? That is what makes it an immoral act? silly. They – the religious leaders – also fail in setting up an equivocal “punishment”/responsibility system for males who impregnate females outside of wedlock. The only one forced into any kind of action by nature is the female… but then again this goes along with their belief in Eve being responsible for the downfall of Adam…

  3. Shawn Says:

    @Sinjin

    To me it makes no difference whether or not one has read a holy text. A person so inclined could find evidence to draw pretty much any conclusion from such a text. Exodus, Chapter 20 gives The Ten Commandments. Exodus, Chapter 21 gives some great guidance (in favor of) about slavery, including how to sell ones daughter.

    Holy texts are very much subjective.