It’s Christianity, and indeed all religion, that this blog seeks to debunk, but it’s the Fundamentalist Religious Right that scares the bejesus out of the blog’s team. You know, the people who support the greatest threat to humankind the world has ever seen: the Republican party. At least these guys are honest about it.
The debunkers are bewildered that so many people in the United States – 200 million by their estimate – believe in things like the Bible’s account of Moses parting the Red Sea and leading the people out of Egypt, of David taking down Goliath with a slingshot, of Daniel surviving in the lions’ den, and of Jesus rising from the dead after being crucified and buried.
In my view, they take the Barna poll they cite about belief in these accounts too literally. Most people who tell a pollster they take the accounts of the Bible to mean what they say are quite able to entertain the possibility that some - not all - were not meant to be taken literally, even if they choose to err on the side of faith and take them at face value. The fact, I think, is easily verifiable in a focus group so long as the exploration of the issues is done in such a way that the issues are not prejudged.
That’s my problem with the blog in general: its ham-handed literalistic approach to reading reality and the views of others. Basically, the blog seems to be the work of former fundies enthralled by sophomoric logic. They deadpan as does Horatio on CSI Miami, but without the humor. “What’s going on here?” says Frank. “Frank,” says Horatio, “This is a crime scene investigation.” You’re supposed to laugh, guys.
The conclusions have changed, but the fundamentalist mode of thought has not.
So, when I read through the blog’s treatment of Genesis 1, for example, it makes me yawn. In their overweening desire to stick it to Young Earthers, they carefully miss the point of the narrative. Bible blogging by anti-Christians: it has yet to reach a very high standard.
It’s not much better in academia. To be sure, the work of someone like Hector Avalos is worth reading (go here and here), whereas the blog I link to in this post probably isn’t. But in both cases, the white-hot rage and missionary fervor of the true non-believer obliterates the possibility of approaching biblical literature with a minimum of empathy for the people behind it.