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Properly read, the Old Testament should make you–read my book about the eonic effect (pronto)

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Properly read, the Bible should make you … an atheist?

So our review of The Christian Delusion continues in fits and starts (though mostly in fits).

This time I set out to review John Loftus’s essay “What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate” (a phrase I first encountered not in “Cool Hand Luke” but in Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Civil War”) but I only got as far as the second sentence.

Like most of the contributors to The Christian Delusion John sets out fists a flyin’ with a cold slap from Isaac Asimov who barks out:

“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.” (181)

It is right there that I got held up. Let’s call this sentence the “Village Atheist Challenge”. In order to analyze it, allow me to present a parallel. I call it the “Tree Hugger Challenge”:

“Properly driven, the Ford GT is the most potent force for horseback riding ever conceived.”

(As you all have probably inferred, the car pictured here is the GT, not to be confused with the equally beautiful, and much more historically significant, GT 40 of the late 60s.)

The Old Testament is actually a book that should in the book zone of the modern secularist. Its core history of Israel/Judah, with a few corrections from Biblical archaeology, is a classic depiction of a transitional era in the Axial Age, and also records the birth of a new religion, another classic evidentiary data set for students of the evolution of religion.

Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

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