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    • Great podcast; extreme tribalism, whether through belief or social grouping always ends up badly.
      Liked the ‘bible; a goat herders guide to the galaxy” quote, though felt it was maybe too demeaning to actual goat herders. With today’s believers deliberate ignorance, it might be better as ‘bible: the deniers guide to the galaxy’.
      THHGTTG is also in a totally different (advanced) league!

    • The Bible ‘a goat herder’s guide to the universe’ what’s funny about that? When the Bible was written, the vast majority of Earth’s population were exactly that; goat herders, farmers, hunters, etc. What could they have possibly made out of today’s scientific explanations? The Bible gave a very suitable explanation of the universe for its time and even ancient science was satisfied with its explanation until a few short centuries ago. The genius of the Bible is compounded when you consider the writer of the book of Genesis who was an Egyptian scholar. Moses has never been depicted as such but a scholar he was. He could read Egyptian hyrogliphics like the New York Times, if that’s proof enough. The trouble is the Egyptians had theories diametrically different from those of Moses but they did not withstand the tooth of time as those of Moses did. What Moses wrote down was epic, simply avant-garde. His opening words in Genesis were “In the beginning”! Does that ring a bell?

    • In reply to Richard #3

      Typos forgiven, (though they do read rather strangely).

      The thing is, in order to respect one’s holy book, we’d like it to contain elements above and beyond the understandings of the times. Simply giving an account of mythology as it was, presents nothing out of the ordinary as there was no shortage of such stories….or gods and goddesses for that matter.

      As for the writings…well, Moses may have been accredited with the four books after Genesis but it’s all a mystery in point of fact. These are probably just the written form of an oral tradition the like of which have been found throughout history and still exist in some cultures.

      I’m not sure how you’ve come by some of your understandings; eg he could read Egyptian Hieroglyphics like the New York Times as his actual existence is moot. I think you should read those early books again as I see no great insights myself; only a melange of primitive superstition and foolish proscriptions.