THE BIBLE:

HOLY or HORRIBLE?

Anonymous

(Investigator 118, 2008 January)



ESCALATING CONFLICT

Conflict between the Bible and its opponents has continued for 3000 years. The latest phase includes vicious polemics, up-to-date science, and involves leading intellectuals.

The Bible says: "Your [God's] word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Ps. 119:105)

Is this defensible or are the critics right?
 
 

ATHEIST CONFERENCE

Leading atheists, many known for their anti-religion militancy, convened in La Jolla, California, in November 2006 to discuss:

  • Should Science do away with religion?
  • What should science put in religion's place?
  • Can people be good without God?
  • Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion declared, "I am utterly fed up with the respect we have been brainwashed into bestowing upon religion."

    Carolyn Porco of the Space Institute in Colorado believes science can replace God by giving people a "feeling of connectedness to the cosmos." She said, "Being a scientist and staring immensity and eternity in the face every day is about as meaningful and awe-inspiring as it gets."

    Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York noted that 85% of US National Academy of Sciences members do not believe in God and he asked, "How come the number isn't zero?" Also: "I don't want the religious person in the lab telling me that God is responsible for what it is they cannot discover. It's like saying no one else will ever discover how something works."

    Harry Kroto, chemist of Florida State University, argued for a global outreach via media and Internet to promote science.

    Joan Roughgarden, professor of geophysics and biology in California, summed up the attitude at the conference:

    "But scientists are portraying themselves as the enlightened white knights while people of faith are portrayed as idiots who can't tell the difference between a [communion] wafer and a piece of meat." (New Scientist, November 18, 2006)
     


    ASSAULT ON THE BIBLE

    Attack on the biblical Scriptures has continued 3,000 years including by: