Dear Dr. Dawkins
I watched your “The Root of All Evil?”
Very interesting. I share your concerns and agree for the most part with your opinion.
I myself had a girlfriend who is Evangelist. She once asked me if I could see her holy ring shinning around her head at night?!?!
Today I do not only think religion is not necessary and counter productive but religion is the root of all evil and hatred there is and there was.
I see that all fanaticism leads to intolerance and war. And in a world as ours there should not be any place for backwards looking ideologies that oppress woman and children and others and scientists and so on.
I read the bible many times and especially the OT. Fascinating.
I came to the conclusion that the BOOK, Biblio, is an authentic history book. BUT to read it as a history book you have to take out all the interpretation and all the religion and faith.
If you read it literally it is a witness of old times.
IMHO, in the old times there were no GODS but advanced people either from here on earth or from somewhere else. They were seen as Gods because of their advancement. But nothing Jahweh did cannot be done by us today and we have NOW words for it too. And I agree, if we should meet him again we have to bring HIM to justice before court for war crime and Nazism! The same shall be done to Allah and his Mohammett.
I always like to think it this way: The creation of man has nothing to do with a God but with an advanced being. Imagine Jahwehs face would have been scribbled on the cover of the book or their old scribes.
Is it possible that we were made by others to advance much faster than evolution could have done it? What if the OT is true and the church /Mosque is just a house of power in order to control people? IMHO, the faith and spiritual aspect in the bible was done IN ORDER to subdue people and to establish power and riches. All wars are done in the name of faith and God.
But maybe Jahweh was just a man of flesh and blood?
• Why does a god walk to Sodom and Gomorrah to nuke it? Why he sends agents, angels?
• Why was he so attracted to the smell of burning flesh and why he had Cain killed by Able only because he made an offering of Cucumbers?
• Why does he appear in a fire cloud and has to show off for Moses in his flying machine? Same to Muhammett.
• Why and how was Enoch taken for a ride in space? Or Mohammad? And all the others?
• The word ELOHIM in the original Hebrew is ALWAYS the plural form of a group of people!
• Why God often speaks of “one of US”
• Or Why does a God need another name as Jahweh at all?
• Why Jahweh said you shall not have any other gods beside me, if thy didn't exist? He aid then, I am a jealous god, I am the god of Jealousy!
IMHO the OT, as brutal as it is, has nothing to do with any of the religious cults and clubs, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. It is an old document dating to the Babylonians and Sumerians. It should be good for archeologists and many cities mentioned were found. But the Arabs probably destroy all historical sites in their countries anyway before it could be reconciled.
But leave out the religion! Yahweh or Yehowah (the old Hebrew writing of the Bible only had consonants and said YHWH, you insert the vocals).
Put in the Religion and you always will find someone who knows what Allah or God wants you to know, to think, or to do. That is the most funniest part of Religion. The Mullah or Priest ALWAYS knows what God thinks and declares others question as evil.
Could it be that man was created or manipulated? But maybe not by a supergod without face or body but by another being of flesh and blood? And just maybe, the priests at those Sumerian or Babylonian times were given the “knowledge” and they handed it down to the people? Just maybe, if that was true and the other people left or died out or killed themselves in one of those killing wars, maybe the priests inserted more idols, and prayed to symbols for their return and to be heard??? “Oh Lord Almighty, your Kingdom may come and rule the Heavens and the Earth” Is this how the religion was created? Daddy left for good? I absolutely do not believe that anyone was writing down stories to fool people 5,000 years later. These are stories describing what people really saw and talked about. But also nothing more!
The problem with scientist (especially evolutionists) is that they often also seem to have a very narrow mind and do not want to see beyond established structures. They also have a holy book!