Please Understand Why I Do What I Do.
I’ve had a lot of traffic here these last few days. So I feel a restating of why I am doing this may be in order. As an atheist, complete and utter, I am willing to argue my points to anyone willing to argue theirs. This is how ideas are spread. This is how truth moves forward. I believe the Bible was one of humanity’s early attempts to explain the world around them. Not understanding the nature of their world or their origin, humankind has always turned to myth, and some of these are wonderful with much beauty, but many have beauty mixed with cruelty, while others are simply squalid and mean. Taken as allegories these stories tell us about what early people were like, so consequently, they show us things about ourselves, mainly where we have grown and where we have not. This is crucial to understanding our species, our civilization and our history. There are other myths that have fulfilled similar roles. When you read Homer, some parts ring true such as the death of Patroclus. Other chapters fill us with a kind of horror, like the slaughter by Achilles of hundreds, or the dragging of Hector’s corpse. There is both beauty and ugliness here, and much we can learn. But nobody alive swears that Homer wrote the literal truth and that everything he said should be taken as absolute fact.
Therefore, my problem is not with general run-of-the-mill Christianity but with their literalist cousins. Young Earth Creationists solemnly believe the infallibility of their particular bronze age novel. They believe this above fact, above evidence, above sense. This pseudo-luddite trash must be exposed. If you do not understand why, please read my Young Earth Creationism, a Rant. I find the best way to fight literalism is to crawl inside their own stories as if they really were literal, and poke at all the absurdities. I will use humor or irony or sarcasm or anything I can find to drag these beliefs into the sunlight and show the world what they actually are. The only thing I will not knowingly use is a lie. This may hurt some feelings, and I apologize in advance, but I think the survival of our civilization depends on science winning this battle. We cannot succumb to total superstition. There are too many dangers ahead, and the YEC’s continue to gain in strength.
I will continue with every truthful weapon at my disposal. It’s too important.