The Zero-Curiosity Factor

(Debunking Christianity) – David Madison:

Most Christians don’t seem to be all that curious about the Bible. It’s supposed to be the Word of God, after all, so why not spend as much time studying the Bible as watching sports and movies? You know: really get in tune with God. But plowing through scripture isn’t all that rewarding; there is too much tedium, there are too many bog-down points. As John Loftus has wondered: Couldn’t God have done a better job of communicating? …

There are at least three categories of dangerous knowledge that terrify priests and preachers:

  • What’s Happening in Jesus Studies? …
  • Church History…at The Beginning …
  • Where Does Religion Come From? …

The die-hard Christians, who read piles of books that shamelessly exploit confirmation bias, will never, ever venture into dangerous categories of knowledge. But there is so much to learn when folks yield to curiosity, when they become suspicious of all those “testimonies.”

Their guiding spirit could well be the apostle Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:2); we might as well shorten it to… “I resolved to know nothing…” But that’s no longer a good example to follow. Author Michael A. Sherlock recently called it correctly on Twitter: “In this age of information if you’re not an atheist, I sincerely hope you’re either illiterate or seven years old.”…

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