Turns out if you illustrate certain passages in the Bible, they make even less sense than when you read them directly:
“If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.” — Deuteronomy 25:11-12
This image and others like it are from The Bible Said What?: 10 Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Catholic School by Evan Mascagni and illustrated by Nick Sirotich. You can see more of those images here.
On BBC’s “The Big Question”, the question was asked “Is the Bible still relevant today?” As part of that discussion, it was said by a scholar of biblical history that the bible is mostly not factual. Although Jesus existed, David and Moses did not. Other panellists conceded that although the bible is a great book, it is more about “truth” than facts. A rational person would think that any fact is true by definition but religious people talk about truth as having a different meaning — their “truth” is a description of how people are, what makes them tick. It’s like a revelation about our psychology and out relationship to a god. This video is part of the full talk and is limited to this discussion.
In the United States, when a politician refuses to admit he accepts evolution, he’s still considered a plausible candidate for President.
In Canada, when a politician doubts evolution, he’s laughed off the public stage:
An Ontario Tory’s statement that he doesn’t believe in evolution has puzzled and frustrated his fellow Conservatives who admitted Wednesday that stance doesn’t help a party trying to rebuild after four consecutive election defeats.
Progressive Conservative Rick Nicholls raised eyebrows in the legislature Tuesday when he responded to a Liberal taunt by saying opting out of teaching students evolution “was not a bad idea.”
Interim PC leader Jim Wilson insisted Nicholls’s views on evolution were not representative of Ontario Tories, and admitted the outburst “obviously didn’t help” a party in the midst of a leadership race.
“He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s not shared by the majority of caucus members that I know of,” said Wilson. “It’s the first I’ve ever heard of it actually.”
I’m just shocked by the reaction… not because I know much about Canadian politics, but because Nicholls’ party colleagues rushed to distance themselves from his remarks. They saw his anti-science rhetoric as something that could harm their party.
Meanwhile, ignoring settled science is essentially part of the GOP platform these days.
“Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” – George Carlin