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Biblical morality

The Bible — aside from it’s literary value — is quite simply an incoherent basis for morality. The truth is that everyone — atheist, liberal theist, fundamentalist, whatever — uses their own moral compass to decide what they accept and what they reject. If any Bible-believing Christian tells you otherwise, just ask him or her if a rebellious teenager should be stoned to death.

The Bible makes a convenient scapegoat for some because frankly, one can base pretty much any belief on one or more more scattered fragments of scripture. That’s probably a big reason why it has survived for so long — and why Christianity has not been one single religion, but dozens, for several centuries at least. I can come up with pretty much any bullshit doctrine I care to and find some Biblical backing for it, and voila! A new sect is born.

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Fear of God

It has been nearly five years since I considered myself a Christian and about two years since I decided I no longer believe in God, heaven, hell, or devils and demons. During that time, I have expressed those thoughts aloud a few times, but only to close friends. I never felt “weird” about saying them. People have asked me if ever had a moment where I feared going to hell or otherwise being chastised or punished by God and I honestly replied that I had not.

But something weird happened to me recently on the way to work. I was listening to an episode of the excellent Human Bible podcast with Dr. Robert M. Price. At one point, Dr. Price said something about a particular atrocity of God as described in the Bible — to which I impulsively said aloud, “That’s because God is an asshole.” Read the rest of this entry

David Attenborough on creationism

“When creationists talk about God, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, that’s going to make him blind. Are you telling me that the God you believe in, who you also say is an all-merciful God, who cares for each one of us individually, are you saying that God created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who’s full of mercy.”

The myth of American law being based on the Ten Commandments

It’s a common refrain from among religious and political fundamentalists. The so-called ten commandments of the Judeo-Christian religions are supposed to be the bedrock upon which all Western — or at least American — law is based. People who don’t think it through and who have been raised up among such nonsense generally nod in agreement. The argument is important because some use this premise as a basis to further argue the historical and legal importance of their commandments, with the idea of making the public display of same not a religious but a civic matter.

So it makes sense to examine the claim — is American law based in any way on the ten commandments?

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