Letters for Sept. 21, 2015
Why worship such a punishing God?
Thank you, Dennis Chaquette, for your letter to the Forum, Sept. 17.
I agree, and I’d like to share Elizabeth Anderson’s summary concerning God’s moral character.
She reminds us that, “He routinely punishes people for the sins of others. Punishes all women with painful childbirth because of Eve’s sins. All humans, becauseof Adam’s sins. He commits genocide and ecocide by flooding the Earth. Hardens Pharaoh’s heart by visiting plagues on innocent Egyptians. Kills all firstbornsons and slave girls. He punishes children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren who worship other gods. He sets a plague uponthe Israelites killing 24,000, because some had sex with Baal worshippers. He lays a three-year famine on David’s people. Sends two bears from the woods to tear42 children to pieces because they made fun of a bald headed prophet. Condemns the Sumerians, telling them their children will be “dashed to the ground, theirpregnant women ripped open.”
What kind of minds worship such an entity?
I’m proud to be an atheist. A secular human being. I can be as moral, honest, loving and kind as humanly possible.
Having dinner with Richard Dawkins in October. I’ll be happy to share the experience with you.