Is Truth an Accident? Re: [FoRK] Is God an Accident?
Lucas Gonze <
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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
At the same time that literal changes were being introduced, consensus
understanding of the literal text was developing according to the rules of
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.
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