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The Holy Bible — a bad book

The Holy Bible is a terrible book, and maybe the worst.

Even people who believe that it was written by the creator and ruler of the universe haven't read the whole thing.

• The Bible is not internally consistent. This is
well-documented elsewhere,* for anyone curious enough. The Bible is not perfect, and as a matter of dispute this ought to be the first line drawn. An imperfect book is not the Word of God. Indeed, the Bible contains very little truth.

• The Bible is full of awful ideas. The Bible contains moral concepts that are inapplicable to modern life, and some that are unacceptable. (Strangely enough, killing in the name of God is still popular even though it is obviously insane.)

• The modern Christian does not adhere to the teachings of the Bible except, as they so often derisively say, by a "pick-and-choose" method. This is inevitable because the teachings of the Bible are scattershot and mostly impracticable. Modern Christians routinely disregard arcane Old-Testament laws — and then accept other ancient prescriptions as God's own self-evident will.

• Modern Christianity is cruel. The teachings as practiced are antithetical to complex human behavior — for example, finding only harm in unmarried sex, while justifying such horror as the war against Iraqis. Many Christians have protested unjust wars; but many Christian churches have been active supporters — the Bible as their guidebook.

• The anti-Semitism of the Bible was supportive — if not a direct cause — of the murder of Jews in Nazi Germany.

• Islam was not around to be castigated by the writers of the Bible — but its followers have also died en masse under zealous militant Christianity — Islam, four of whose five great prophets are from the Bible.

• People's logic & text-comprehension abilities are distorted by compulsory belief in the holy books. Forced to think thoughts that are not true, the human mind patterns itself in conflicting ways. This causes confusion. It inhibits mental health and it complicates the process toward useful public policy.

The Bible is at the basis of laws and customs in western culture and particularly in the United States of early-21st-Century. It drives our thinking, from back at a time when its authority was nearly absolute. Non-believers might not tend to think much about that. But the believers control much of our culture.

The Bible is a public document, even the primary public document. One could argue that a non-believer has a civic duty to criticize the Bible.



*A good resource is for the non-believer is "
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible."
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