Friday, October 14, 2011

Are All Religious People Frightened by Logic & Fact?

This is a terrific blog from 2006: The worth of a woman: the Bible vs. the Quran. It's a great rebuttal to all the Christians who claim the Koran is oh-so anti-woman but the Bible isn't.

In the comments of that blog is a reference to Why Won't God Heal Amputees?, an online book that I found out about only recently. This online book, together with the book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible & Why by Bart D. Ehrman, are very similar to my own journey away from Christianity and any belief in the supernatural.

What I'm stunned about is that some people try to claim that these are examples of "militant, in-your-face brand of atheism." While Atheist-focused blogs or books can be snarky, even vitriolic, the resources noted in the second paragraph aren't at all. There's nothing acerbic nor obnoxious about either; instead, both take a detailed, logical, dispassionate examination of the Bible and Faith. A fundamentalist would find these resources utterly frightening, but not every religious person takes the Bible, the Koran, or other religious teachings literally; I have religious friends who would be able to read these two resources and be able to maintain their faith, and wouldn't feel threatened at all - if anything, they would use it to say, "This is exactly why I'm not a fundamentalist."

Blogging facts and questions should never be branded as unfair attacks on religion, nor as automatically snarky, vitriolic, acerbic or obnoxious by merely being said or written. Facts and questions are quite fair, even if they may be painful to "believers."

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