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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
That guy with his hand up was probably one of the 3,000 people killed straight after Moses received the ten commandments. [Exodus 32:28]
And how many Christians would have known about that above passage?
I would wager real money that most of them do. The Golden Calf story is taught pretty heavily, at least to Catholics. Hell, it’s even in a Charlton Heston movie.
I only remember the calf being destroyed, not anything about people being killed. (I don’t doubt that there was more smiting, just wondering if this might be something that’s often left out.)
Then again, I was de-Christianized during my confirmation at 15, so I might have been told just the more child-friendly versions of the stories at that point… (Reading the actual Bible wasn’t part of the confirmation preparations.)
The only real Bible-reading assignment in my confirmation class was to read one of the Gospels (our choice). I don’t think anyone actually did it.
We only read what they told us to read and then we were told what it means. No leeway for any other interpretation.
They taught us up to verse 24 and not one article or connective or verse number further. I thought I knew that story, but just now I’ve learned that I don’t.
I used to think — even in these past few months as an atheist — that people were exaggerating when they spoke about OT atrocities. Guess not.
You guys got me wondering if I remembered incorrectly, so I dug up my old Bible Story to double check (The set was endorsed by my Catechism teachers… damned nuns).
Yep, it’s right there, but I would have absolutely no surprise if most children’s bibles left it out.
You should have pity on those damned nuns. These women are wasting the only life they have ‘married’ to an invisible friend. It’s really sad.
Of course, that isn’t to say that some of the meanest women I ever knew weren’t nuns.
“The One Time a Comment Thread Might Be Useful…” Thanks, point taken
I think the comments section is called the Talmud.
Even back then, there were “closed comments”.
Yeah, but they didn’t just ban the dissenters.
And although I don’t like comment systems that allow down voting, I’d make an exception in this case…
I voted you down to help prove your point.
Maybe the comments section was on the third tablet:
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