To a decreasing number of superstitious believers…the bible is a sacred cow…They don’t have to actually read or understand it…It just embodies the idea of a god…and physically represents/”proves” the existence of this god idea…like a tangible idol…and possibly they feel that its ownership offers them superstitious protection…which of course it doesn’t, as in a calamity…diverse believers are casualties at the same rate that they exist in the community affected…
(The previous article is at https://confrontingbabble-on.tumblr.com/post/170263444175/why-is-the-bible-so-badly-written )
“After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent article, “Why the Bible is So Badly Written,”
saying that it failed to meet their editorial standards. But which
standards were those?
Notwithstanding its provocative title and lede,
the article summarized a series of well-known flaws in the Bible along
with facts about how the book was constructed.
It proposed (as did
Thomas Jefferson) that the Good Book could use a good edit. Reviewed
before publication by a retired religion professor and a professional
editor, and errata corrected, the analysis was factually defensible and
Two hundred years ago, when Thomas Jefferson took a sharp instrument to a Bible, he called the parts he kept “diamonds in a dunghill.”
The other parts, those he discarded, include tedious details about
ritual purification, self-aggrandizing genealogical tributes to racial
superiority, horrific stories of god-sanctioned violence that dehumanizes women, slaves, and tribal outsiders—and a vast array of related dross.
My own suspicion is that few of the outraged religious believers and
literature lovers who attacked Salon have ever attempted to read the
Bible cover to cover.
the average American household contains 4.4 Bibles, but 57 percent of
people say they read something out of it four times per year or less.
Even those who read it more often tend to return to the brief passages
that they do find inspiring, while skipping the troublesome parts.
over a thousand years, speaking ill of the Bible has been as gauche as
speaking ill of the dead. But that is changing.
If you think that the Bible as a whole
constitutes a pinnacle of human moral guidance or literature—either
one—you owe it to yourself to read it, all of it. But be forewarned. The
testimonial section at ExChristian.net is peppered with stories of folks who set out to do just that and found their spiritual worldview in rubble.”
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington.