Saturday, September 17, 2005

Biblical Absurdities

George W. Bush held a day of prayer for the victims of hurricane Katrina and I don't want to sound uncaring, I've cried as I've watched the coverage and I wish only the best for the people and animals who survived that catastrophe, but what good is praying going to do?

If prayers were effective, the hurricane wouldn't have caused any damage, at all?

So, in honor of Bush's day of prayer and all Bible literalists, we found the following Skeptic's Annotated Bible, from the book of Genesis and copied the first 10 items:

1. God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn't make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). 1:3-5

2 God spends one-sixth of his entire creative effort (the second day) working on a solid firmament. This strange structure, which God calls heaven, is intended to separate the higher waters from the lower waters. 1:6-8

3 Plants are made on the third day before there was a sun to drive their photosynthetic processes (1:14-19). 1:11

4 In an apparent endorsement of astrology, God places the sun, moon, and stars in the firmament so that they can be used "for signs". This, of course, is exactly what astrologers do: read "the signs" in the Zodiac in an effort to predict what will happen on Earth. 1:14

5. "He made the stars also." God spends a day making light (before making the stars) and separating light from darkness; then, at the end of a hard day's work, and almost as an afterthought, he makes the trillions of stars. 1:16

6. "And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth." 1:17

7. God commands us to "be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over ... every living thing that moveth upon the earth." 1:28

8. God makes the animals and parades them before Adam to see if any would strike his fancy. But none seem to have what it takes to please him. (Although he was tempted to go for the sheep.) After making the animals, God has Adam name them all. The naming of several million species must have kept Adam busy for a while. 2:18-20

9. God's clever, talking serpent. 3:1

10. God walks and talks (to himself?) in the garden, and plays a little hide and seek with Adam and Eve. 3:8-11

More Absurdities in the Bible here...