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Wouldn’t it be great if the whole “Year of the BIble” resolution in Pennsylvania backfired…?
(Cartoon by Celestia Ward, reprinted with permission of the Freethought Society)
Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.
A good beginning makes a good ending
I thought the second panel was going to be the next year’s theme, now that they’d established that such celebrations as the year of the bible were acceptable. And the next one would be the year of the Qur’an. This is just lovely though. =]
Maybe next year will be the Year of the Book of Mormon.
A book I need to get around to reading… just for the giggles. Why, oh why, didn’t I take up the offer from a couple of my Army buddies to get me copies of same plagarized holy texts?
- especially if Romney were to get in office. [shudder]
Education about the worlds religious superstitions is always a good thing. Pull the curtain back and get a look at the real wizard, a chubby little snake oil salesman.
Judge not, that ye be not judged
The human mind is powerful at self-delusion (and compartmentalization, rationalization, etc); how else to explain the fact, that despite almost everyone knowing the various supposed “main facts” of their religion, many of which are prima facie absurd, that they still believe (or have faith) it is true? This, despite being intelligent and competent individuals in other areas of their life. I sincerely doubt that even an in-depth reading of their holy book, whatever the religion, will do anything to change this.
that’s debatable. and it really depends on what kind of “reading” people do. there’s a hilarious piece from the radio show “this american life” about one woman’s journey through bible study to atheism. like a lot of american christians, she hadn’t really gone over the text in full since sunday school days, and so her memory of it was incomplete. her church was not a fire breathing fundie kind, but a mainstream sort that was in her life out of habit and culture more than strong love of faith. but it was a funny story, to hear her discover how even christ was a petty, angry, inconsistant figure better suited to myth than historical fact or figure of worship. i’d be there are plenty of bland, “i go for the potluck and bingo” types out there who might reconsider if they actually had to defend various passages in the text. “women shut up in church” is another one i’d like to see more believers discuss.
That’s my story in a nutshell…. really enjoyed “hangin out” with the less nutties and it became a habit or ritual. However, the pastor made the mistake of asking that the members read the bible in a year. Not the watered down one year bible studies. Once I did, I no choice but to become the atheist I was born as….
If you’ll forgive some self-promotion, I’ve been writing a series called Shit My Bible Says, inspired by the PA “Year of the Bible” resolution and the premise of this cartoon.
I tried to read the Bible just once to see why it was one of the most widely printed books in the world. I lost interest when I found out that there were no dinosaurs, stories about distant stars and galaxies and tales of humanity and love. Oh yeah, that, and the constant rambling genealogies, bloodlust and just plain ludicrous stories put me off too.
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