Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Understand to disagree.

Bible believers will have a hard time facing the evidence of multiple manipulation of the content of the 'holy book' by fallible and unscrupulous translators and scribes. Oldest known bible is being digitised and contains multiple discrepancies with the current accepted version (Have a look to the BBC article "The rival to the Bible").

If interested in the topic of evidence based bible analysis, some books by Bart D. Ehrman may help, such as: "Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why". I had the chance to listen to the audio-book recording of his lectures titled "The historical Jesus". It is very interesting for anyone regardless your background. Ehrman's analysis provides a plausible story , i.e. Jesus was most likely one of many Jew that believed in an imminent apocalypses, miracles were not exclusive but commonly attributed to many other magicians/priest, and many of the supernatural features that define christianity were added many centuries after Jesus death, based not in evidence but in political convenience and wishful thinking.

Why should you care? Why to perpetuate the interest in a badly written and amalgamated book? Why not to focus in other books with more literary or philosophical value? Why to dig into a topic that we have all learned to avoid at the dinner table? We already got enough of wimpy politeness, and it is in our own self interest to bring politics and religion to the table!

Considering myself atheistic (I can not prove ghost's nonexistence, but I assume it as the most plausible reality), is my opinion that understanding religions in a rational and evidence based perspective is every body's responsibility, and today an urgent business. The main motivation is not spiritual nor literary, but the fact that religion have always played a fundamental role in political issues.

USA, militarily the most powerful country in the world is significantly composed and leaded by fanatic and illiterate believers who crave for a soon-to-be end of the world based on twisted interpretation of the bible. They antagonize with other group of fanatics with other odd interpretation of just another 'sacred book'. They all have aggressive foreign policies, many weapons, and overall an absolutely deluded certainty of right and truth. What outcome should we expect when foreign affairs are trusted to arrogant fairy-tail believers?

You may not want to be bothered by doom's day speculation or any sort of academic bitterness, then at least you can get the comedy perspective, and have a laugh with the following video.

The bottom line remains the same: religious extremist are in power, if we don't understand their perspective we can't properly disagree, and if nobody disagrees, they rule. They are ruling now, with awful consequences. Get out of the closet, let's openly disagree.

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