The infallible word of God(sic) …

 

The Bible to carry warnings of its antisemitic content?

Some excerpts from the article.

The document stated ….

‘The manifestations of this hatred resulted in a tradition of antisemitism that gave moral legitimacy to crimes against the Jewish people, the epitome of which is the Shoah.’ (the Holocaust).

 

also this ….

Writing in a collection of essays published in 2016, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: ‘It is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus.

The fact that anti-Semitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant. We live with the consequences of our history of denial and complicity.’

 

and this ….

There are several themes in the New Testament that have come under fire for their use as justification for anti-Semitic attitudes.

These include the blame of Jews for the death of Jesus and the seemingly stubborn nature of the Jewish people and their disloyalty to God.

Dr Christine Joynes, a theology lecturer at Oxford, told The Times that she had ‘some sympathy’ over the suggestion of an annotated bible.

But said: ‘The whole Bible needs a health warning to read it through the right critical lens and in historical context.’

Muhammad Abdel Haleem, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of London, and also speaking to The Times said that the Koran is entirely negative towards Jews.

 

I don’t believe much will be done in the foreseeable future; come on, be realistic, can you seriously imagine Muslims coming out and admitting that maybe, just maybe dear old   Mo pbuh may have misheard God(sic) and copied the messages down incorrectly?

 

Anyway, at least such a topic is being discussed which is a step in the right direction.

Who knows, in the years to come the average bible (if not the Qu’ran) might come with a bright red Health Warning on the cover and maybe a PG rating?

”Mummy, why did God allow slavery?”

And inside it could be full of marginal glosses? Let’s be honest, this shouldn’t be too difficult for the Christian church to swallow as they have been changing text because of such glosses since soon after Jesus was a Lake Tiberius Pedestrian.

And the opening verse of Genesis?

Once upon a time …..

Ah … Happy Days.

It’s already pushing 30 degrees. Let me go find some coffee and some suntan lotion.

Ark.

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22 comments

  1. How different the history of the West might have been if the Bible had come attached with a commonsense disclaimer:

    “Although some people believe this collection of books to be the Infallible Word of God, readers are cautioned to take this with a large grain of salt.”

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  2. By the time such warning labels become possible, they will no longer be necessary — like the way Mein Kampf doesn’t need warning labels because everybody knows the reality of it before they even start reading it, and those few who still regard it as holy writ are unreachable anyway.

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      • The rating system
        Is a suggestion. 14 and up is also a very impressionable time. Everyone knows the Bible is R anyway, so tvMA maybe? At least old enough to enter into contract. Like the ilk Robertson said of his early baptist indoctrination in the video you posted. He was locked into the scheme as a young boy, and now his inability to see contradiction and fallacy is hardwired.

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  3. Imagine an intelligent modern critic being handed the Bible as a new book to review, assuming he had never encountered it before. Can’t you picture how the plot, development, characters, credibility, language and everything else would be ripped to pieces? A summary along the lines of ‘The worst lot of codswallop I’ve ever come across,’ would be likely to eventuate.

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  4. And if God actually wrote the Bible for men to use as a guide, surely,surely there would have been no difficulty in writing in clear unambiguous language rules and laws that were easy to follow. No religion needed to interpret them, no scribes to muck them about with ink blots or ‘clearer language’, no fist fights over what it ‘really meant’…and the language would be such that anyone in any era could look at it, and know what it meant.
    What we have now is a manic game of Telephone with the guy at the front of the line speaking in Sanskrit and whispering a weak translation to the next in line to someone who only speaks Greek…and by now we have guesses and near misses and no one really knows who said what to whom.

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  5. Question: Christianity went through a stage where it mellowed and became less of a violent cult. I do not know why it did become more mellow and lost its total authority over everything. My question is, will Islam go through a mellowing process, and if so what would it take? Hugs

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    • I’m no history buff in this regard, Scottie , but I’ll take a metaphorical stab and say this mellowing began with The Enlightenment.

      ”Hey , look, guys! We don’t fall off the edge.”

      Islam? Who knows?
      If the religion begins to bleed enough apostates maybe they will re-look art the Qu’ran.

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      • Thanks Ark. I will look up the Enlightenment later. Is that like the Renaissance period with Leonardo da Vinci and William Shakespeare? If so it would take a bunch of artists and writers who are of Islam to speak out? Yet that would get them killed. It is a horrible circle. Thanks Ark. Hugs

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  6. Scottie, I would tend to agree with Ark. The theocratic aspects of Christianity have probably been curbed by both Enlightenment thinking — which was much more skeptical and humanistic in orientation — along with the scientific revolution of the 17th century, which began to undermine the Church’s authority.

    There’s a very good, witty blogger called The Sensuous Curmudgeon (if Ark doesn’t mind me giving a shout-out to another blogsite), who mostly comments on the Evolution/Creationist debate, but also writes eloquently on the Enlightenment, and has many posts on that subject archived.

    As for Islam, who knows? There’s no reason why there couldn’t –someday, at least– be progress along similar lines. They’ve produced some pretty towering figures, at least early on. But it’s complicated by Muslim infatuation with identity politics, and victimhood; and there’s a resentment, even among moderates, to the idea of “reforming” Islam. Like most theists, they think their religion is near-perfect, and they’re touchy about Westerners calling for a Reformation. It would have to come from within them.

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