The Bible either is or is not the ‘word of God.’ I’ve doubted the God-authorship for some time, but the true believers, the evangelicals and fundamentalists slap me across the wrists when I say that. Now, it seems, I’m on solid ground while they are sinking in the sand.
The Associated Press reports:
Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyses style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book.
That phrase, multiple hands, ends the debate. I win, if there was a contest. But of course they will not concede defeat. After all, their entire delusional world is predicated on some divine hand working in our lives, dictating right and wrong among other things. As I have often said, I couldn’t give a hoot about a person’s religious beliefs if they were parochial about all of that. Unfortunately for The People of this nation, religious busy-bodies are working hard to incorporate their religious tenants into U.S. law.
The odd thing about this later statement is that the presidential candidates in the GOP, aka God’s Own Party, have brought up the red herring of Shira Law to the uninformed public as if the Muslims are a real threat to our Constitution. It would be a good joke except that millions of dumbed-down citizens might actually believe that there really is a ‘threat’ like that. Going quite unnoticed, ironically, is the push by fundamentalist Christians to tweak our Constitution and state and Federal laws so that they reflect biblical ‘truths.’
Now that the Bible has been proven to have had multiple human authors, those ‘truths’ are nothing but man-made edicts written by Jewish priests of the first millennium BCE to reflect the customs and religious edicts of that era. It would be pathetic at best if a group of religious zealots think that 3000-year-old laws and customs would be appropriate for citizens living in a democracy in the 21st century.
Yet they do and will continue to work hard for their cause. We need to check their spurious activities and call them out when we find them attempting to insert ancient biblical laws into our democratic society.