18th December 2008

“Christianity in the 18th and 19th centuries was used to justify very violent societies, where it was thought impious to raise the level of the poor. The Levellers, however, saw the Bible enjoining no private property. It's amazing what different people can take away from the same text.”

Professor Simon Blackburn

2 Responses to “18th December 2008”

  1. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    The difficulty lies in educating the theists as to the origins and purpose of the religion they believe to be inerrant. Here, we are preaching to the choir! To give everyone the education about all superstitions, without being sarcastic or obnoxious, would be the light at the end of the tunnel.

    As to people taking away different messages from the texts. Since there are so many errors, one could make an argument for their case no matter the topic. There are simply too many contradictions. The scriptures mean whatever you would like them to mean!

  2. Chris Says:

    If the bible or any other book were the divine word of the creator, how could it not but be completely immune to interpretation? And isn’t there some better way for god to place his message into the minds of his creation in a way that would guarantee SOME kind of consistency?

    A book cobbled together by self-interested and power hungry ascetic weirdos across multiple languages and times, copied by hand and predating punctuation?!? THAT is the way god chooses to communicate his message that pork and shellfish are unclean and that unruly children ought to be murdered by their parents? To borrow from Christopher Hitchens, it’s enough to make a cat laugh!