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189. During these two years (i.e. October 1836 to January 1839) I was led to think much about religion. Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the novelty of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian. The question then continually rose before my mind and would not be banished, — is it credible that if God were now to make a revelation to the Hindoos, would he permit it to be connected with the belief in Vishnu, Siva, & c., as Christianity is connected with the Old Testament. This appeared to me utterly incredible ...
I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can hardly be denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.
But I was very unwilling to give up my belief. (God & Belief & Religion & Old Testament & Christianity & Disbelief) Charles Darwin, Autobiography: Religious Belief
233. When nonbelievers look carefully at stories in the Old Testament about God's relationship with his ‘children’, it can be difficult to avoid the conclusion that the relationship looks an awful lot like those which characterize abusive families.
The behavior, attitude, and demands of God in the Old Testament are very similar to the behavior, attitude, and demands made by abusive fathers and husbands. (God & Children & Old Testament) Austin Kline, board post 26th September 2007 ‘God as an Abusive Father’
55,663. In the Old Testament we have several texts which speak about a divine council. (Gods & Old Testament) Professor Dr Herbert Niehr, University of Tugingen
251. Stein: So the Hebrew God, the God of the Old Testament, he doesn’t exist in your view?
Dawkins: Certainly, that would be a very unpleasant prospect. (God & Old Testament) cited Professor Richard Dawkins, American Atheists Conference 2009
11,814. What in the twenty-first century are we doing venerating a book that contains such stuff? (Bible & Old Testament) Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil: The Virus of Faith
11,815. It seems to me an odd proposition that we should adhere to some parts of the Bible story but not to others. After all, when it comes to important moral questions by what standards do we cherry-pick the Bible? Why bother with the Bible at all if we have the ability to pick and choose from it what is right and what is wrong for today’s society? (Bible & Old Testament) ibid.
11,816. But dwarfed by the mighty temples and giant statues of Babylonian Gods, the Israelites must also confront the fundamental question – Why did their god – Yahweh – forsake them? (Bible & Old Testament & Israel) ibid.
257. The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. (God & Old Testament & God’s Fascism) Professor Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion p31
95,747. The well-loved story of Noah, derived from the Babylonian myth of Uta-Napisthim and known from the older mythologies of several cultures. The legend of the animals going into the ark two by two is charming, but the moral of the story of Noah is appalling. God took a dim view of humans, so he (with the exception of one family) drowned the lot of them including children and also, for good measure, the rest of the (presumably blameless) animals as well. (Bible & Old Testament & Noah) ibid. pp237-238
95,749. Again, Lot was too drunk to notice, and he impregnated her too (Genesis 19:31-6). If this dysfunctional family was the best Sodom had to offer by way of morals, some might begin to feel a certain sympathy with God and his judicial brimstone. (Bible & Old Testament & Lot & Sodom & Gomorrah) ibid. p240
95,748. The tragi-farce of God's maniacal jealousy against alternative gods recurs continually throughout the Old Testament. (Bible & Old Testament & Jealousy & Gods) ibid. p246
11,817. The ethnic cleansing begun in the time of Moses is brought to bloody fruition in the Book of Joshua, a text remarkable for the bloodthirsty massacres it records and the xenophobic relish with which it does so. (Bible & Old Testament & Genocide & Moses & Joshua) ibid. p247
11,818. Do those people who hold up the Bible as an inspiration to moral rectitude have the slightest notion of what is written in it? (Bible & Old Testament & Morality) ibid. p248
259. What shocks me today about such stories is not that they really happened – they probably didn’t. What makes my jaw drop is that people today should base their lives on such an appalling role model as Yahweh. And even worse, that they should bossily try to force the same evil monster, whether fact or fiction, on the rest of us. (God & Old Testament & Stories & Monster & God’s Fascism) ibid. p248
8,900. God was only joking after all. Tempting Abraham and testing his faith. A modern moralist cannot help but wonder how a child could ever recover from such psychological trauma. (Children & Abraham & Abuse & God & Bible & Old Testament & God's Fascism) Professor Richard Dawkins, lecture The God Delusion, Lynchburg Virginia
463. Among the most detestable villains in history, you could not find one worse than Moses. Here is an order, attributed to ‘God’ to butcher the boys, to massacre the mothers and to debauch and rape the daughters. I would not dare to dishonor my Creator’s name by [attaching] it to this filthy book. Men and books lie. Only nature does not lie. (God & Moses & Old Testament & Nature & Bible & God’s Fascism) Thomas Paine
11,790. Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. (Bible & Cruelty & Old Testament & God & God’s Fascism) Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
11,791. It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder. For the belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. And the Bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind. (Bible & Old Testament & Cruel & God & God’s Fascism) Thomas Paine
11,792. There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice. (Bible & Old Testament & God & Justice & God’s Fascism) Thomas Paine
95,914. These books are spurious, and that Moses is not the author of them; and still further, that they were not written in the times of Moses, not till several hundred years afterwards. (Bible & Old Testament) Thomas Paine