God Didn't Say That

Bible Translations and Mistranslations

Introducing “The God Confusion”

the-god-confusionFor some time now I’ve been variously confused, surprised, and even amused by the vehement if sometimes uninformed war of words between what I call the professional atheists and people who study religion and the Bible. To help sort things out, I’ve created “The God Confusion“:

Here’s an excerpt from the welcome post:

At a recent dinner I had with friends, an ardent atheist and a member of the clergy rehashed an argument that most of us are familiar with:

Believing in God is an inexcusable lapse — said one person — a blatant retreat from the obvious advances of science. So religion and God properly belong with superstition in the trash-heap of history.

The other countered that such a position is based on a naive misunderstanding of God and religion. There is no conflict between God and science, or between religion and modernity. It’s ignorance that makes some people think they have to choose.

The first person retorted that he knew exactly what God was. It was the clergy member, he said, who was trying to redefine God in a last-ditch effort to salvage religion.

And so it went: God isn’t a white-bearded magician in the sky. No, it’s worse: God is a vindictive and petty tyrant. God is the source of morality. Atheists don’t need God to be moral. That’s because atheists learned about morality from religion. Religion is the root of all evil. What about Stalin? There are evil priests, too. And on, and on.

I hope you’ll stop by and add your voice to the conversation.

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March 1, 2017 Posted by | announcements | , , , , | 3 Comments

Where Have All The Posts Gone?

Many of you have asked if this blog is “dead.” It’s not, but it’s certainly experiencing a pretty significant hibernation.

Between back-to-back books I’ve been unbelievably busy, mostly with traveling to lecture. In the fall, for example, I logged some 15,000 flight miles, without leaving North America and without even flying to the West Coast! And now I’m back on the road again.

I even fell behind with comment moderation, but I’m catching up on that. My next step will be to start responding to some of those great comments, and, I hope, writing here more.

But I’ve also started a new project, as I describe next

March 1, 2017 Posted by | meta | 3 Comments