This is one of those books that I’ve been waiting to read. Thank you Laura Kim forgiving this opportunity.
Bill Maher preached “I don’t know,” (if God exists) in his movie Religulous. Richard Dawkins goes a little bit further. He defines God as Allah, Jesus, the Gods in human religions.
Richard Dawkins writes there is no God.
The book is divided in to ten chapters. (ten commandments?) The book is basically a huge argument between the people in religion and Richard Dawkins. But overall I believe he is trying to fix the image of Atheism. Atheism has been linked to anarchy, no morals, and soulless for a long time. When in reality, atheism is a different set of thinking. How this became the image of blood, violence, and chaos is beyond my understanding. I’m not sure if Passion of Christ is a representation of Christianity, but that shit looked violent. For the sake of himself and other atheist, this book will hopefully change how people think about atheists.
The book writes what most atheists think about. If the holy book is so divine why does it contradict itself? If God is loving, why did he kill so many people? Even today, why should religion have a different set of laws from everyone else? And the whole argument between Creation and Evolution goes on for two chapters.
But there were interesting readings that I’ve never thought of. Where is the root of ethic and moral? Religion claims without God there would have been no moral and ethic. Moral and ethic came from God. So does God have any tips on how to deal with Iran? I believe and read “WE” create moral and ethic. Don’t you think we could of gathered and decide murder is bad? In the book there is a tribe without a religion. When researchers talked to them, they had a similar ethic code. Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t rape, and etc. And let’s say ethic came from God. Try reading the Bible without flinching. Was it Abraham? He gave his daughters for the village people to rape instead of the angels. Jesus told the disciples to leave their family and follow him. And this other dude almost killed his own son for God.
Our idea of what is right changed over time. White people thought colored people are inferior. Gays were burnt. And women are still treated like shit in some countries. The teachings in the Bible could have been awesome for that time. But we live in a different time with different ideas. I think its about time to let go old traditions that make no sense. There’s so many reasons why I left the path of Jesus. But one memory is still striking for me. I was interested in the Witch Hunt in high school. Religious extremist killing people without a fair trial. You see religious extremist even today trying to burn gays. So I asked my fellow brothers if they thought being gay was a sin. All 5 of them thought it was. And I knew this is not something I want to believe in.
On the 8th chapter Richard Dawkins goes all out on why he is negative about religion. Everything is sure and absolute in religion. Faith makes people believe in stuff they don’t truly understand. “I’m not sure Lord, but I will follow you.” One of phrases I used when I used to pray. There is no room for investigation or check. For a person who is so sure about the unsure, the brightest scientist’s evidence becomes useless. Jesus’ way or the highway mentality blocks the courses of discussion and pisses Richard Dawkins off.
Have you ever watched Jesus Camp? The biggest issue I have with religion is the kids. Not the 10 year old boys who get sexually harassed by religious figures, but my future kids. This is my theory and a bit of Dr. Dawkins, the reason why religion survived this long is through the kids. Believing in an imaginary friend (Jesus/God), believing in a Big Fish ate a man and that man surviving. Believing in a talking snake, believing anything without much thinking is what kids do and what religion exploits. My parents were Christians but they were very opened about it. I explored other religions and they were always there to talk about it. They never told me to shut up and believe what we believe in. I thank them so much for that. I’ve been a kid before and for anyone at that age to decide their life worth of belief is mind blowing. Give the kids a chance to explore and question. Because that’s all they do at that age.
Today we live in a world of religion. Religion is an actual powerful tool for politics. And that scares the shit out of me. But for most people religion is not politics. It’s a good Sunday morning. A place for community. A place for peace. Whatever your reasons are, its your decision, and I respect that. But when religion comes in the way of your dream and desire, I hope you become selfish and pursue what you want.
Because at the end God loves you no matter what. Right?