One of the things I know from having grown up indoctrinated in religious teaching and the belief in the “truth” of this literature is that you don’t wrestle yourself free from it by learning and knowing all about science. The only way to wrestle yourself free from the unconscious belief that this composite document is important to your life is to wrestle with its draw, to critically study it and analyze it until you see the obvious truth of it. It is written by men, who did not agree with each other, who reinterpreted each other and the religio-political legends associated with it. Until this is done, you’ll be a science understanding and supporting believer who still somehow inexplicably feels that this document has important relevance to yours and others lives. It’s the nature of the human psychological mind. You must wrestle with the teaching ingrained in youth until there is nothing left to cleave to in the face of the obvious self-evidence. Then, you will find yourself free to embrace your humanistic path and live life genuinely self-empowered for the sake of the generations to come. – A post I had shared on International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, June 16, 2015 in relation to the well-written article below. #Judaism #evolution #creationism #Science #archaeology #anthropology #history #torah #bible
This is how I lost my faith – science helped, yes, but finally I accepted the holy texts were written by man
Wherever I turned, I discovered that ideas I had once taken for granted, trusting in rabbis and sacred texts to convey absolute truths, were dubious at best. The universe was not six thousand years old but closer to 14 billion. Humans shared a common ancestor with apes—and all living things, for that matter— and were not the exalted species created by God’s hand out of clay of the earth on the sixth day of Creation. The sages of the Talmud, by our traditions infallible, were demonstrably wrong in their understanding of the natural world.
Nothing, however, had a more shattering impact on my faith than the realization that, stripped of religious exegesis, our primary religious text, the Hebrew Bible, had the markings of human rather than divine authorship; it was beautiful, intricate, layered in poetry and metaphor and heart-stopping drama, but human nonetheless.
The very essence of our faith, passed down, it was believed, from generation to generation over 3,300 years without change, was most likely a collection of ancient documents authored and compiled and redacted over many centuries. This was the view of all modern Bible scholars. I didn’t have to take their word for it, but the evidence for their view was compelling. Suddenly, all the strangeness of this text, the contradictions and anachronisms and troubling tales of fratricide and genocide and great family dramas and tales of wondrous miracles, all of it now made sense—but in an entirely new way. Seen through the prism of history and anthropology, buttressed by studies in archaeology and laid side by side with other texts from the ancient peoples of the near east, the Bible was an endlessly fascinating window into the world of our ancestors. But as a basis for theology, to me, it simply fell short.
“Wherever I turned, I discovered that ideas I had once taken for granted, trusting in rabbis and sacred texts to convey absolute truths, were dubious at best… The sages of the Talmud, by our traditions infallible, were demonstrably wrong in their understanding of the natural world… Nothing, however, had a more shattering impact on my faith than the realization that, stripped of religious exegesis, our primary religious text, the Hebrew Bible, had the markings of human rather than divine authorship; it was beautiful, intricate, layered in poetry and metaphor and heart-stopping drama, but human nonetheless.” – Shulem Deen
“Losing your faith is not like realizing that you got an arithmetic problem wrong. It is more like discovering your entire mathematical system is flawed, that every calculation you’ve ever made was incorrect. Your bank balance is off, your life savings might be gone, your business could be in the red when you’ve imagined it to be flourishing… When everything you’ve ever known is suddenly up for question, what are the values you retain and what do you discard?” – Shulem Deen
because they need to learn, too – #inhisimage #inhislikeness
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.