Poll: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
Yes.
Not well-versed, but you should at least read it through once from cover to cover.
No.
FSM appeared to me in a dream and told me I did not need to read it.
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12-07-2018, 03:47 PM (This post was last modified: 12-07-2018 03:51 PM by jennybee.)
As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
I was reading a post in another thread, and I thought it was an interesting point a person made re: An atheist reading the Bible. I would be interested in hearing other people's take on it.

As an atheist, do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible (or at least have read it once through from cover to cover)--if so, why? Why not?

*Also feel free to respond if you're a theist Smile I like my polls and threads to be all-encompassing. Thumbsup
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12-07-2018, 03:54 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
(12-07-2018 03:47 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I was reading a post in another thread, and I thought it was an interesting point a person made re: An atheist reading the Bible. I would be interested in hearing other people's take on it.

As an atheist, do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible (or at least have read it once through from cover to cover)--if so, why? Why not?

If you want to argue with Christian theists, it helps to be well-versed in the Bible. Other than that, it doesn't matter. Although in some respects parts of the Bible are great literature and worth reading regardless of your religious beliefs, there are far too many great works of literature out there for anyone to read them all, and you could probably go through your whole life without exhausting the literature that's better than the Bible.

So I said no. The only compelling reason to read it would be if you want to be able to argue intelligently with Christian theists. And there's no need to do that unless you like that sort of thing.
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12-07-2018, 04:05 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
(12-07-2018 03:47 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I was reading a post in another thread, and I thought it was an interesting point a person made re: An atheist reading the Bible. I would be interested in hearing other people's take on it.

As an atheist, do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible (or at least have read it once through from cover to cover)--if so, why? Why not?

*Also feel free to respond if you're a theist Smile I like my polls and threads to be all-encompassing. Thumbsup

Should is not the word. Why should they read any literature they don't wish to read? If they take an interest in counter-missionizing then that's one thing, but other than that, I don't see why they should read it.

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12-07-2018, 04:10 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
I think as a person reluctantly sharing a country with a bunch of fanatical nutjobs who want to impose a sort of Christian Sharia upon us all whether or not we share their beliefs, I need to be well-versed in the Bible, atheist or not.

.... so, um, I've read it through once.

..... if by "reading" you'll count "audiobook while playing video games".

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12-07-2018, 04:12 PM
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As long as religious fanatics want to use the Bible to inflict bad laws and ideas that affect US citizens, it is a necessary thing to know the Bible if one wants to battle this type of anti-intellectualism. That is a tool that should not be abandoned.

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12-07-2018, 04:14 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
I'm passing familiar with relevant parts of science. If I want to spend time on a fantasy book it will be something like Earthsea.
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12-07-2018, 04:16 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?

No. The bible has nothing to do with atheism.

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12-07-2018, 04:26 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
I was tempted to vote yes, but ultimately, no I do not think so. Atheism is simply saying, "Hey, I do not buy this proposition you're making. Come back later when you have a better sales pitch." While I am personally familiar with the Bible and have read it through once, I don't think it's necessary for new atheists to read it and I wouldn't even necessarily recommend it. The sooner we start dismissing the fairy tale bullshit for what it is, the sooner it goes away, in my opinion. The ability to debate with Christians well almost never results in theists seeing the errors in their thinking, so it almost comes down to: What's the point?

All that being said I do not think it hurts to be familiar with different holy books.

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12-07-2018, 04:36 PM (This post was last modified: 12-07-2018 04:42 PM by Stevil.)
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
The atheist label means that you do not believe in gods.

You don't need to be an expert in the bible in order to not believe in gods.
The biblical god is only one of thousands of gods written about.

I also don't believe in fairies, do I need to read up books on fairies? Do I need to learn the backstory to Tinker Bell?

I don't believe in ghosts, do I need to familiarise myself with Casper?

BTW: even if you read the bible, cover to cover, memorise it back to front. You still won't be an expert in it. There are many different Christian interpretations of the bible. They all read it differently. Even if you read it, you can't exactly be an anti-Christian and argue against Christian beliefs. You would need to take on the beliefs of each individual believer, one at a time, based on their own personal interpretation.
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12-07-2018, 04:39 PM
RE: As an atheist do you think you should be well-versed in the Bible?
(12-07-2018 03:54 PM)Grasshopper Wrote:  Although in some respects parts of the Bible are great literature and worth reading
I guess it would depend on your definition of "great" in the context of literature.
I've read the first few pages of the OT and thought it was rather trash literature. That's not to say that I claim it all to be trash, I haven't read it all.
But given what I have read I am skeptical that any of it is "great".
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