The Filter of Human Reason:Cliff Walker writes, “In short, the alleged Scriptures are all run through the filter of human reason, and always have been.” This is how the premise of this section of Cliff Walker’s article is stated. This statement itself is actually premised upon various fallacies.
Month: August 2009
Jewish Encyclopedias: Encyclopedia Judaica 11:1410-1412,
Headlines make is clear that the New Atheists are up to new tricks_An Associate Press story printed in the New York Times affirms, In Russia Speed Up Campaign; Moscow Churches Are Filled As Disbelievers Plan New Propaganda Drive Also, that the atheists, Ridicule Capitalism And Pope In Manifestoes And that they rejoice that the
Atrocious Male Chauvinism: “(5) the oppression of women through an institutionalized and systematic double-standard (an entire study, instituted throughout the Bible).” This is quite interesting; Cliff Walker makes an enormous assertion and refers the pseudo-skeptic to well, the entire Bible. So there you have it pseudo-skeptic; if you want to double check his claims just …
Various Scholars (continued):Jewish scholar Jacob Z. Lauterbach:Jacob Z. Lauterbach; was the complete Jewish scholar, he embodied almost every important phase of European Jewish learning, he was primarily a Talmudist. We quote from the section of his book Rabbinic Essays, entitled Halakah Does Not Hesitate to Abolish Biblical Laws.
Richard Dawkins denies any alleged ties between himself and the atheist re-education camp “Camp Quest.” Richard Dawkins replies to claims he is “grooming” kids to become unbelievers.[fn] Jasper Hamill, “Camp for Atheists? – Richard Dawkins replies to claims he’s “grooming” kids to become unbelievers…,” Big Issue Scotland, July 23, 2009[/fn]
Atrocious Human Sacrifice: “(4) human sacrifice: ‘a tribute to the Lord’ (Numbers 31:40), not to mention the whole concept of Jesus as a human sacrifice, plus Isaac’s ‘sacrifice’ was ordered by God (Abraham’s willingness is praised to this day) and the sacrifice of Jephthah’s unnamed but not unsung daughter was never condemned in Scripture.” I …
The Talmud: Talmud-Sanhedrin 98a, R. Yochanan also said: The son of David will come only in a generation that is either altogether righteous or altogether wicked. ‘In a generation that is altogether righteous,’ as it is written, ‘Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever.’ (Isaiah 60:21)
In John chapter 11 we learn of the death of Lazarus of Bethany. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, had sent for Jesus with a message stating, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.”Jesus offers an odd response, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God …
Atrocious Genocide: “(3) genocide (Deuteronomy 31; Genesis 7; Deuteronomy 20:16; and especially Joshua 11:20, where God deliberately hardens the enemy’s heart to war against Israel to the end that Israel can justify slaughtering them); slaughter of civilians during wartime – including infants and pregnant women (Isaiah 13:16-18; Hosea 13:16)” [italics in original] Let us take …
Various Scholars:Jewish Scholars Claude Joseph Goldsmith Montefiore and Herbert Martin James Loewe:
Richard Dawkins is advertizing his latest t-shirt which is to read… That is correct the t-shirt is being advertised as: NEW! The God Delusion T-Shirt with what is perhaps the book’s most famous quote: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a …
Atrocious Lack of Resistance:
Various Rabbis: Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (aka Maimonides aka the Rambam) serves as a good example of the variety of Jewish messianic opinions, even within the writings of one sage. In one place he writes,
By now you may have been made aware that Barack Obama has nominated Francis Collins for the position of director of the National Institutes of Health.
Atrocious Outrage:We now come to Cliff Walker’s arguments form outrage in a section entitled “Scriptural Atrocity.” We know that they are such arguments for at least two reasons:
Please welcome today’s guest blogger Marcus McElhaney, author of the fascinating blog What Had Happen’ was_.. He will be considering whether there are likenesses between Buddha and Jesus and away we go… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From Midrash Rabbah:Note that in the following quotes “R.” refers to Rabbi. Midrash Rabbah-Genesis Vol. 2, 98:9:
Eugenie Scott is a physical anthropologist and director of the National Center for Science Education, an anti-theism organization dedicated to promoting and defending the teaching of atheism in public schools.
A Quandary?:Cliff Walker presents an ethical quandary known as the Euthyphro Dilemma which he paraphrases as follows: “If the gods approve of things because they are pious, we still don’t know why they are right. But if things are right because the gods approve of them, then morality is arbitrary, is it not?Would not incest …