If You Disobey God’s Laws He’ll Make You Eat Your Own Children

Seriously, this is straight from Deuteronomy 28:53 which you can find marvelously illustrated with legos by The Brick Testament (whose renderings of a series of God’s curses are helpfully grouped together by Dwindling In Unbelief)

And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee.

I guess God just “works in mysterious ways” or “is a just God who cannot let us just keep on sinning without any punishment” or “was communicating his timeless moral truths through the culture of the time” or “was relating to his people under a different covenant back then, within which punishment through cannibalism was just fine” or “works in mysterious ways” or “means metaphorically to say ‘love your children as blessed gifts’ where it literally says he will make you cannibalize them.”  Or, you know, something baldly rationalized away like that so that we do not have to actually question whether this book is a moral guide at minimum or the divine truth at maximum.

Seriously, how can anyone with a working conscience and a 21st Century sense of reality call a book such as this divinely inspired?  Only through the force of irrationalistic pressures such as tradition or total ignorance, that’s how.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.