So I'm introducing a new blog, Problems with Genesis. PwG will serve as a sister blog to my primary blog. Its purpose be examinations of the problems with (literal interpretation of) Genesis in particular, but other portions of the Bible as well, as well as fundamentalist religion in general. Why? Literal interpretations of Biblical texts are the chief cause of much of the science denial and much of the misogyny and homophobia we see. It is my goal to illustrate both that fundamentalist interpretations of these things are both extremely selective (huge swaths of the Bible are ignored), for no good reason, and unsupportable in light of reality.
I do not intend to take cheap shots, and will be
fair and as generous as is reasonable in discussions. I can tell you in advance, yes, sometimes I will mock, because, honestly, some of the claims purporting to be science are just too dumb to have to address (entirely) seriously. But I will not misrepresent creationist arguments in order to do so. My goal is not to
misrepresent the texts and beliefs, but to illustrate that a fair representation
makes literal interpretations and fundamentalist views unsupportable.
will argue that this cannot be effective, that "you can't reason
someone from a position that they weren't reasoned into in the first
place". I disagree with this assertion, because I have seen it
demonstrated to be false with myself and others. While I fully
acknowledge that some people cannot
be reasoned from positions for a variety of reasons ("none so blind as
those will not see" pops to mind as an obvious first, but there are
people simply need to examine what they've been taught and why.
Fundamentalism thrives on closed doors; information is the enemy, reason
"the devil's harlot". Open the blinds, and people will see.