Secular Sunday: The Good Book

In this wonderful song Tim Minchin combines two bible verses to prove a point:

Deuteronomy 22:28-29

“If a man meets a virgin who is not betrothed, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are found, then the man who lay with her shall give to the father of the young woman fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her all his days.”

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice;
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.”

Delightful, no? No.

I really enjoy Penn Jillette’s very polite, very straightforward examination of the Bible’s contribution to his own atheism:

Why would reading the Bible make you an atheist?

1:54-3:26  :  “I think because what we get told about the Bible is such a lot of picking and choosing. When you see, you know, Lot’s daughter gang raped and beaten and the Lord being OK with that; when you actually read about Abraham being willing to kill his son, when you actually read that, when you read the insanity of the talking snake, when you read the hostility toward homosexuals, towards women, the celebration of slavery; when you read in context that “thou shall not kill” means only in your own tribe.

I mean, there’s no hint that it means humanity in general. That there’s no sense of a shared humanity, it’s all tribal, when you see a god that is jealous and insecure, when you see that there are contradictions that show that it was clearly written hundreds of years after the supposed facts … read what the Bible says. Going back to the source material is always the best. When someone’s trying to interpret something for you they always have an agenda. So read the Bible.”


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