The Bible and Slavery (and Creationism): It’s Not That Complicated

1611 King James Bible coverAs with slavery (and genocide, and the death penalty for Sabbath breaking and blasphemy and really, really stroppy teenagers), so with a young Earth, the order of events in Genesis, the notion of a single ancestral pair for humanity and the separate creation of kinds. The only honest thing to say is that the Bible is wrong about these. And there may be ways to continue to hold it in reverence, but literalist inerrancy is not one of them.

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on December 22, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. mickey richardson

    Good post. I am currently cleaning my mother’s house out of books that were written by so-called experts on this and other topics. My favorite has to be the countless people who have received large monetary compensation for books on translating the book of Revelations. I would pause to read some of it, which appeared to me to be mere regurgitation or even word-for-word plagiarism. One can quickly deduce that these people are clueless, but they can use fanciful words to appear authoritarian.

    The second point that infuriates me is the countless people who have all the answers to what comes next upon death. Their books may be comforting, but not possible to be accurate. I think many people seek and find comfort with organized religion, even with all its inherent faults. I know a lot of smart people, filled with common sense that appear to get intoxicated with religious discussions. The masses are not that interested in what is factual or evident. We saw this with the Christian church before the renaissance, and we are seeing it right now with Islam. The same cannot be said with the far eastern thoughts. Although they are also not perfect, they can make much more sense.


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