Is Truth an Accident? Re: [FoRK] Is God an Accident?

Lucas Gonze < lgonze at panix.com > on > Sat Sep 23 13:15:25 PDT 2006

Another reasoning for atheism:

There is an untraversable gap between the correctness of Christian 
theology and the degree to which believers understand it.  It makes no 
difference whether that theology is correct in absolute sense.  All that 
matters is the ability of believers to understand the theology well enough 
to correctly obey it.

For example, it is entirely possible that Christian theology does not 
suggest that believers should go to church on Sunday, or that it sugggests 
that a believer must not ever go to church on Sunday.

> And the Bible, Torah, Kuran/Quran/Coran(o), etc.
> Those documents of course are part religious mysticism, part religious 
> replication, and part received wisdom of the ages, frozen at some point in 
> the ancient past.

An interesting thing about the holy books is the degree to which they are 
the products of evolution.  They had to go through generation after 
generation of manual copying, and at each generation there were 
modifications.  Some of these modifications were mistakes (not easy to 
hand write the entire Bible!), some of them were deliberate (for example 
to clarify a wording according to the understanding of the clarifier), but 
the net result is that the holy books themselves went through 
descent-with-modification.

At the same time that literal changes were being introduced, consensus 
understanding of the literal text was developing according to the rules of 
cultural evolution.

Which makes perfect sense, given that the books and their host populations 
would have to have a net improvement on survival chances to have continued 
existing until the present time.

-Lucas


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