Jim Dailey, the Catholic apologist’s unquestioning best friend, says some real odd things. And by odd, I really mean morally abhorrent.
I was recently talking about the moral obscenity that is the Exodus story, and particularly the plagues, when Dailey attacked my questioning of the morality of the events.
Before I go on to mention some quite unfortunate apologetics, let me recount broadly what happened.
- God designed and created the world all of humanity.
- God’s creations weren’t very good and, even though he knew this, chose wrong in the Garden of Eden (appropriated story from Mesopotamia).
- Still, he let it go. Humans spread from the Cain and Abel time (appropriated from Mesopotamia) and the Tower of Babel (appropriated from Mesopotamia).
- But the humans were very bad(ly designed and created by the ultimately responsible Yahweh). So God decided to kill them all in a flood (appropriated from Mesopotamia). Apart from eight. He also hated animals – goddamn he hated those malicious bastards (especially sloths and koalas) because he killed almost all of them. For human sins.
- Later, God favoured a particular group of people because… Well, because they got to write the book about themselves.
- This group went and did good things, via Joseph (at least somewhat appropriated) in Egypt and hung out there.
- Unfortunately, the undisclosed Pharaoh died and another few undisclosed Pharaoah’s took over and seemed to have no knowledge whatsoever of Joseph, the former vizier. An undisclosed Pharaoh decided to enslave the entire Hebrew population of Egypt that had grown from 70 to about 2 million in 480 years. The entirety of Egypt had a population then of 7 million tops.
- So, the Pharaoh (Nebulous IV) decided to kill all male Hebrew children.
- Moses was born (appropriated from Mesopotamia) and became awesome. Interestingly, so did Aaron in a lot of parts of the story. Fun fact – the P portions of the Torah are the “Priestly” source – Aaronite priests writing their versions. That all feature Aaron. Spliced in. It’s like the Documentary Hypothesis, you know, makes sense.
- Anyway, a whole bunch of times, Moses (and “me too!” Aaron) asked the Pharaoh to free the Hebrews, and a bunch of times, he was going to relent. But, a bunch of times, his heart was hardened. By God.
- God punished the Egyptians on account of the Pharaoh saying no, which he did because God made him.
- Then the Hebrews escaped, after stealing gold and silver from the Egyptians, and the Pharaoh and his army followed.
- Then the Pharaoh decided to let them go. Which was nice. But God hardened his heart. Which was less nice. And then God punished the Pharaoh and his entire army (fun fact: God also hardened their hearts!) by killing them in the sea.
And there we are. So, the violence includes:
Death to a whole bunch of children “in all the land of Egypt”. There was also death to adults – women and men – children and the unborn, one presumes (certainly babies). Oh, and “all the livestock of Egypt died”. Oh, and locusts came “so that they may come up on the land of Egypt and eat every plant of the land, everything that the hail has left” and just in case you were unsure: “For they covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every plant of the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Therefore nothing green was left on tree or plant of the field throughout the land of Egypt.”
Just remember, that in doing so, necessarily gazillions of other animals and other humans – men, women, children, babies, unborn (yey, God is sooo pro-life!) – died as a result of this. The scale of destruction would have been worse than any other single event of a similar timeframe in known history.
Fun fact – there’s no evidence of any of this outside of the Bible. None. Nada. Zip. Still, it happened, right? I mean, the mature, rational, thinking person would acquiesce to such unfounded claims because, you know, they were in the Bible, right?
Anyway, this is the lovely story of Exodus, where God shows his mercy and forgiveness – really shows his compassion in “God is love” omnibenevolence by doing all these lovely things.
Because literally every single Egyptian human and animal deserved this. Every single one was evil. Those donkeys? I mean fuck ’em. Evil bastards, the lot of them. And don’t get me started on the camels (that didn’t yet exist in the region as domesticated animals) – total heathen scum.
Putting all of this unbridled compassion aside – for it is but whiny atheisming! – let me bring into play the great compassioner-in-chief, Jim Dailey, who recently kindly added his words of wisdom on this difficult topic: