[9:42]The fundamentalists don’t like the Bible they’ve got.
And neither do the liberal religious, that’s why they are happy to dismiss it. Hardly anyone likes Bible, as it is written.
Price raised the validity of the Bible up that of Homer, as books that have a “lot to say”. A person who has an open heart to believe that such things as gods, sirens, magic fruit, before-the-common-era Mediterranean Sea voyages lasting years, and superheros could exist, they might find Homer’s fictions inspiring! But do those stories really fulfill Price’s promise that—we have something to learn from them? And for the person who has their feet firmly placed on the ground then, don’t Homer’s tales just seem like exaggerations, ones that are just too far removed from nature to really be worthwhile? And for those grounded people there is no need to avoid fiction, a full appreciation for fiction is part of a normal healthy fantasy life. You people feel free to enjoy a fiction story, one at least somewhat realistic, right? And feel free to appreciate the ancient Greeks also, appreciate their realists like Archimedes, Democritus, Eratosthenes, Euclid, Hypatia, and others.
Price, with passion, enthusiasm, and drama tells us a long story of how Joshua horribly genocides some children ending with:
[24:34] That never happened, there was never any such genocide. Its all a projection of their horror at what they used to be, and they’re sort-of scapegoating ancient figures that never existed.
That’s how the Bible stories so often are, a long story of awful behaviors, ending in doubt that it was ever real, doubt that the figures in the story ever existed, doubt that the Bible is much more than a fiction. So, is there anything wrong with wanting to spend your time pursuing facts?
Price dutifully, loyally, and in honest friendship gives us the reasons why to doubt in the Bible, and I thank him. But why must people choose to read Bible fiction, aren’t other fictions equally valuable, like Jules Vern, Charles L. Dodgson, Isaac Asimov , or Samuel Clemens?
While some people hold the Bible in high regard, the Bible is a book that I have always tried to disregard. The little time I’ve spent with the book I’ve done because I felt forced by a society with so many people who just persist in promoting it in politics and society, . I feel that the Bible stories degrade my life, like the ocean chipping away at the shoreline pulverizing it into sand. I’m not proud to know the silly story about the loaves and the fishes, nor stories of damnation in the pit of hell for eternity if one doesn’t believe in that miracle.
But, there is one aspect of the Bible that I do appreciate, there is something real about the Bible, and that is it’s long history of being copied, a history stretching back to ancient times, and not the stories within it.
Once, during ancient times, books were fine artistic luxuries, like grand furniture, trophies, or buildings. They were made for the rich, not that the illiterate commoners had any use for books. And during these times, the Bible was copied over and over and over again for hundreds and thousands of years. Copy after copy so that it survives from over seventeen hundred years ago until today. Lasting hundreds of years, the only book that was widely copied in Europe was the Bible. The narrow focus on that one book, it was was such an obsession of publishers that they neglected so many other texts, that have been lost. Obsession with the Bible does cause some damage, should skeptics really be encouraging that?
But now-a-days we have the great freedom to read any of thousands of subjects, so why not encourage that freedom by choosing books other than the Bible? Considering that copy after copy of the Bible has traveled with Europe’s sons and daughters for hundreds, and hundreds, and over a thousand years, I have to ask… how long does it take you people to finish one book? Give it up already. Those of you who haven’t read the Bible, be proud that you are pioneering a new tradition, a tradition of appreciating the full variety of authors. For your next book purchase, why not make it a factual book or any fiction, other than the Bible?
I’m glad that we have a good man like Price on our side , with only one Robert Price, I do appreciate his good tips telling us how to refute the Bible.