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Sam Harris on interpreting scripture

Sam Harris on interpreting scripture

(6:47) It is often said that atheists take a literal reading of scripture (as a fundamentalist would) ignoring the sophistication and nuances that religion has to offer (what atheists would call 'cherry picking'). But if a holy book, authored by an omniscient god, were to be taken seriously, it should contain extraordinary words of wisdom and knowledge. But in the holy books, there are no mentions of electricity, DNA, quantum mechanics etc, things an omniscient god must surely be aware of. Come on religious people, wake up.

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Guest: Eh? Thee Ist my Lord (3771 days ago)
I generally agree, but one minor FAIL. Matthew 24:27 mentions lightning.
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I generally agree, but one minor FAIL. Matthew 24:27 mentions lightning.
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Guest: Darwin's Radio (3767 days ago)
Latest comment: Sure if Matthew had gone on to talk about how lightning was an atmospheric electrostatic discharge rather than as a comparison to the impact of the coming of the son of God - but he didn't.
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Latest comment: Sure if Matthew had gone on to talk about how lightning was an atmospheric electrostatic discharge rather than as a comparison to the impact of the coming of the son of God - but he didn't.
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Guest: Bushisamurderer (3771 days ago)
One minor fail for you, lightning exists (we've all seen it), God doesn't.
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One minor fail for you, lightning exists (we've all seen it), God doesn't.
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Guest: (3771 days ago)
Blah Blah Blah. Oh look another talking head with all the answers.
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Blah Blah Blah. Oh look another talking head with all the answers.
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Guest: Photo Phan (3770 days ago)
That seems like an intelligent and well thought out, rational, structured response to this video....... Rather than the so called instructional messages 'sent' by an invisible friend in the sky. Dumb ass!
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That seems like an intelligent and well thought out, rational, structured response to this video....... Rather than the so called instructional messages 'sent' by an invisible friend in the sky. Dumb ass!
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Guest: (3769 days ago)
Interesting approach. If we are not allowed to criticise what is written in the holy books because we are not interpreting it correctly, then we can criticise them for what is *not* written in them. Though it is funny to see people explaining how the Koran contains all scientific discoveries. OK, so what's the answer to the Goldman Conjecture? Does P=NP or not? Come on, guys, what does Allah say?
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Interesting approach. If we are not allowed to criticise what is written in the holy books because we are not interpreting it correctly, then we can criticise them for what is *not* written in them. Though it is funny to see people explaining how the Koran contains all scientific discoveries. OK, so what's the answer to the Goldman Conjecture? Does P=NP or not? Come on, guys, what does Allah say?
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