Repeated Fallacies Become Believableby Don Lacey on Jul. 06, 2012, under Atheism, Biblical Inerrancy, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Creationism, Critical Thinking, Faith, Freethought, Fundamentalism, God & Bible, History, Question of the Day!, Reason, Religion, Science, Skepticism, That's Life!, Willful Ignorance
Dr. Stephen Uhl knows that:
Successful politicians are not the only ones who have long known that if a myth is repeated often enough, more and more people will come to believe it. The pushers of myths realize very well that you can fool some of the people all the time. In our hurried society, very little history, theology and philosophy are studied today. Therefore, it is easier for many moderns to believe traditional myths, superstitions and “matters of the spirit” than to study, analyze and question them. In order to be true to our rational selves, when myths or traditions, whether they come from the Bible, the pulpit, parents or the horoscope, prejudice us in any way, we owe it to ourselves to evaluate those old assumptions carefully. If any of these sources asks us to set reason aside, we need to examine that source very carefully for its reliability and real productivity.
We have been told very often about a good, loving and just biblical God. At the same time, if we believe the many authors of the Bible, the God of that Bible commands and helps with genocide over and over, punishes whimsically, vengefully and incredibly severely. This God leaves blood on battlefields and doorposts to prove his protection. Jihads of so many types continue in the name of God that a reasonable person may justifiably wonder if trying to do the will of such a God is productive.
Over and over again, from the assumed original sin onward, the Bible comes down hard on knowledge seekers. Scientists want to know, not just believe; responsible humans want to verify, not just trust. It is understandable that the Bible would seem unscientific by modern standards; but it is anti-scientific as well. “Thou shalt not eat of the Tree of Knowledge!” was one of the very first commandments to Adam and Eve. To me it seems legitimate to wonder if this was Moses trying to keep the Jews “down on the farm” for control purposes rather than anything from the mouth of a wise God.