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Cover your eyes if you can't look at bare facts!,
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This review is from: The Naked Emperor : Why Religion is Bollocks (Kindle Edition)
When I saw the title of this book, I did wonder. I need not have worried, Mr. Lockhart is merely forthright in his opinion, and after the treatment he received at the hands of the church as a child, I can't say I blame him. Does he rant, as claimed by other reviewers? I think he is exasperated by "people of faith" who persist in believing the most extraordinary fairy tales, because it is accepted practise.
I am an atheist, I have been for many years, this book is excellent because although Lockhart has put a lot of scholarly effort into his writing, it is engaging as well as informative. He has taken the trouble to read the Bible and do the research. Other writers have pointed out the Bible's hate filled and genocidal passages, it's many contradictions, but this book points out the redactions, the mistranslations that point out how the Bible has been changed by the various cults down the millennia. This book has increased my knowledge of the history of religion, I had been aware of the links of Mithraism to Christianity, but had not understood the importance of Zoroastrian belief to the modern monotheist religions, a bit of a revelation for me.
He also discusses human belief systems from a point of view of psychology and psychiatry. There is a chapter where he compares our willingness to believe in various economic models against evidence to the contrary which has led to our boom and bust economy, postulating that this is another example of our eagerness to believe comforting myths, rather than reality.
He then follows this with the history of the many offshoots of Christianity from the early church to modern times. This is where his patience does where thin. As he says, it is forgivable for people of the Middle Ages to believe in demons, angels and miracles, but once we reach the time of rational science and the Earth's true age and position in the universe have been reliably verified, the facts known, it is hard to forgive people for the abuses carried out in the name of religion.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2013, 14:45:38 GMT
I agree with you, I can excuse people who lived in less unenlightened times believing in superstition and the god of the bible which is what I was brought up with. However, I fail to understand people who go through all sorts of trouble and trauma and still insist that there is a good god with a good purpose , this only serves to hold the world back in time when it could be much more advanced than even we know now. I suppose some people so deeply entrenched in their faith are afraid each time a new advance is made in science. Furthermore, if they can't understand it they attribute to god any way!
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