"Now, unless you believe that the earth is actually flat, set on pillars, and that a solid sky dome holds the waters above from careening down upon us, then you don’t really believe Genesis 1 literally. Yes, there are flat-earth creationists who do believe these things and, at least, they are consistent. But if we’re going to be realistic and consistent, we have to acknowledge that the writer’s worldview is not our worldview. Most of us do not believe that the earth is flat and the sky is a dome. Most of us know that the earth is round and rotates around the sun. If that’s the case, then we have to acknowledge that Genesis 1 is not a scientific description of the earth. It is a theological one. We don’t have to become flat-earth creationists to accept the theology the writer is communicating—that God created the earth and everything in it."
Reading Genesis 1 “Literally” (via azspot)
can’t wait for the day science and spirituality realize they are not at odds, but to the contrary, inseparable.
can’t wait for the day the bible can be tossed about with the same reverence shared of Aesop’s fables— great moral story, bro, but far, far from”HOLY”.
love the stories of Jesus, the man was an epiphany, but the rest of the bible is nothing but trouble. Jesus, God, Vishna, Shivawhoeva, are not found without, they are found within. I tried finding a book that should be worshiped if there was one, just looking for a composition of Jesus’ deeds. apparently I was beat to it by a man named Thomas Jefferson, by a few hundred years: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazarethaka The Jefferson Bible. whereby the life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth were cut and paste from a bible into a consolidated book— the rest of the bible scrapped. brilliant, mr. jefferson. ”Christianity” is about the love and life of but one man, Mr. Christ—the rest of it is just a mess of murder and enslavement and an account of ancient social hierarchies which no longer apply and make the world a more miserable, rather than better, place when put into today’s context with the mandatory leap of “faith” modern Christianity demands. the bible just makes a mess of the place, this here earth.
of course, nobody with any damn sense believes the earth is flat, or that a guy made a boat to carry a pair of every species of the planet on while the earth miraculously flooded into a tiny island of an ark. I was 5 when I looked an adult square in the eye when he said a whale swallowed a boy, toted him around in his stomach for a few days and spat him out on shore, and could not believe the man was serious, but he said, “It’s true.” nobody with any real sense believes these things, but when it’s all or nothing as is required of today’s Christianity, people will believe some crazy, crazy stuff to keep in “good faith” with the scripture. let it go.
I can’t wait for the day, that Christianity is dominated by Christians, and the bible is finally decoded— spoiler: it’s just a bunch of ancient peoples trying to make sense of the damn world with the wits and tools they had. pick out the life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth and see the rest of it for what it is. science and religion are not enemies, but science and dumb faith cannot be reconciled. ”miracles” and “the supernatural” are a-ok by me, we haven’t even reached the base-camp of science’s everest we have yet to go. but all the tales explicitly or implicitly condoning the suffering of any people at all, can fuck the fuck right off. I can do without those bits, and so can you.. or do you really believe the earth is flat and the sky a painted dome? of course not.