Friday, June 7, 2013

I'm Not Surprised

Yet another HuffPo repost of an AP story is very revealing in regard to how ignorant, biased, and clueless theists can be. "Bible In Norway Is Bestseller; 'The Scriptures' Surprisingly Strong In Largely Secular Country", as a title this is somewhat damning when you actually think about it. Don't Christians go on about how wonderful the Bible is on a regular basis? Are they assuming that we are apathetic and/or illiterate? Is it too difficult for the average theist to fathom that at least one reason some of us despise religion so much is because we have actually read and thought about it?

The first paragraph also provides a few hints about the level of foolishness that runs throughout the piece.
"It may sound like an unlikely No. 1 best-seller for any country, but in Norway – one of the most secular nations in an increasingly godless Europe – the runaway popularity of the Bible has caught the country by surprise. The Scriptures, in a new Norwegian language version, even outpaced "Fifty Shades of Grey" to become Norway's best-selling book."

Um, did this "journalist" not do any investigation at all? The Bible is one of the all time best selling books! That is not a fact that is hard to come by. As for it selling so well in Norway right now, look at the last sentence. If the language has been modernized, thereby making it easier to read, why wouldn't there be an up-tick in sales in a book that has always sold fairly well. Like it or not, The Bible is considered to be a classic of world literature.

If Mohsin is surprised by this then a perusal of my book shelf would probably put the ignorant fool into a coma. Aside from a copy of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and three different editions/versions of the Bible, I also own a copy of the Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada, and Quran. On top of which I have also read, cover to cover no less, all the Vedas, Baghavad Gita, Book of Mormon, and a slew of other lesser known sacred texts from various world religions. I have never gotten the impression that I am all that unusual among non-believers.

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