[ExI] Religions and violence

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 12 17:17:53 UTC 2010

Well, the problem comes down to specifics and the contradictions even in the New 
Testament. Looking at the Gospels, or the rest of it, does not give a clear 
picture of what's rejected from the Old Testament -- save for divorce (if 
there's anything that's clear, Jesus as depicted in the Gospels, didn't like 
divorce and rejected that; the Gospels are silent on gays and no mention is made 
at all of abortion).



----- Original Message ----
From: Max More <max at maxmore.com>
To: Extropy-Chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Thu, August 12, 2010 11:15:32 AM
Subject: Re: [ExI] Religions and violence

> (You
> completely left out Judaism and the fact that Christians generally accept the
> Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as canonical.

As I understand it, Jesus brought a new dispensation, rendering the moral 
imperatives in the barbaric Old Testament obsolete. The "factual" history may 
still be accepted as Canonical, at least by fundamentalists (who are the 
minority and not "Christians generally"), but even fundies need not accept the 
O.T. moral commands without question. They (and to a lesser degree less literal 
Christians) continue to accept those of the O.T. moral commands (especially the 
Ten Commandments) when they find them suitable or convenient.

When a fundamentalist Christian says that "God hates homos", they are ignoring 
their own doctrine of Christ's new dispensation. They typically also ignore the 
equally real injunctions to kill those homos (thank the Lord!). They manage to 
be inconsistent in their inconsistency.

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