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It Depends On Where You Stop the Story

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 6 At the end of the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible—we saw two big developments: the creation of a religious dictatorship under the rule of Moses, and the development of the idea of a covenant in which God promises the Hebrews victory over their enemies in exchange […]

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To Love Man for God’s Sake

An Atheist Read the Bible, Part 5 Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly whittling away at a long-term project I call “An Atheist Reads the Bible.” Unlike the “New Atheist” Richard Dawkins types, I’m not reading the Bible simply to refute it or to highlight every time the Judeo-Christian god seems to […]

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The Prophet of the Oppression

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 4 The religion of the Old Testament is not the religion of Abraham. It is the religion of Moses. In the previous installments, we looked at the sections of the Bible that relate to Abraham and which convey to us the key religious assumptions that he brought to his […]

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What Is the Bible?

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 3 What is the Bible? I ask because I found it a little confusing for a while. In the previous installment of this series, I covered Genesis up to Noah and the flood, and I understand clearly what the purpose of that section is. It is a creation myth […]

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The Ur-Source

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 2 Most religions provide some version of a creation myth. This is, after all, necessary to elevate the role of a god or gods in the history of the world—to establish a Supreme Being’s supremacy by making Him the ultimate source and creator of all things. So it is […]

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What Has Homer to Do with the Bible?

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 1 To begin my long-promised series on the Bible, I wanted to describe the indirect route by which I came into this project. Five years ago, I found myself with a little extra time over Christmas break and decided to read a volume I had picked up years ago […]

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