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The argument against the Bible as ultimate moral authority

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The "blogalogue," or ongoing debate, is another new form -- or old form given new life -- in the blogosphere. Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan have been arguing religious belief on BeliefNet. The exchange isn't summarizable, at least not by me, but here's Harris on the dubious claims made for the Bible, an argument he makes on moral grounds: 

"We got rid of slavery despite the moral inadequacy of the Bible, not because it is the greatest treatise on morality ever written. You and I both know that it would take us five minutes to produce a book that offers a more coherent and compassionate morality than the Bible does. Did I say five minutes? Five seconds--just tear out Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Exodus, and 2 Samuel from the Old Testament, and 2 Thessalonians and Revelation from the New Testament. The book would be mightily improved. Would it then be the most profound book we have on morality (or cosmology, biology, psychology, etc.)? Not by a long shot. But it would be a much better book than it is at present." 

 

 

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