Re-posting my Bible reviews on Think Atheist

Hi all,

I've just joined the Think Atheist community.  Not long ago I created a Twitter account for my blog, An Atheist Reviews the Bible, and I began to follow this site's Twitter feed despite not really knowing what Think Atheist was all about.  I finally decided to take the plunge and sign up.

A little about myself: I'm a lifelong atheist, never having believed in a deity.  I was raised in a happy and mostly non-religious family.  I am 28 years old, happily married, and currently a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin.  I study U.S. history and a bit of East Asian history as well.  I was a JET for two years (for those who don't know, that means I was an assistant English teacher in rural Japan).

As I mentioned, I am currently reading the Bible cover-to-cover and blogging about it.  I think what distinguishes my blog is that I adopt a mostly non-confrontational attitude toward the text, reading it as I would an old work of fiction such as Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur," which I read not long before starting this project.  In each post I try to draw out some elements that surprised or interested me and write a few paragraphs in response to them.  I have also included a movie review in the blog and may work in other kinds of content as I make my way through the tome.

I'd like to re-post my blog's content to this blog on Think Atheist, in hopes of reaching a wider audience and perhaps inviting more discussion.  So, unless that violates any rules, I will start doing that soon.  I'll also poke around in the forums here and join other people's discussions, of course.

Thanks and talk to you soon!

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Comment by Hygeia Halfmoon on June 26, 2012 at 12:44am

In your studies of the bible, perhaps you can touch upon god's curse that women shall know pain and complication in chilbirth since Eve at that apple.  As a next generation leader in the primal mothering movement, by sharing my own experience of a perfectly painless and absolutely orgasmic birthing experience many women are breaking free from the "curse" and enjoying ecstatic births that, in fact, defy god's curse on women.  By the way, these women who bypass the curse during labor and childbirth come away from the experience not only with a precious newborn but also with freedom from religious constraint...it becomes the birth of both a happy baby and a an emancipated woman!

Comment by David Conrad on June 26, 2012 at 1:32am

I'm really glad to hear that.  I have to disappoint you, though; I didn't talk much about that issue, and that was an intentional decision on my part.  Part of what I'm going for here is a minimum of "criticism" in the usual sense, because I feel like that's mostly been done and I don't have much to add on that score.  So I've intentionally skipped over the most offensive portions of the Bible, which of course includes most of its gender-related segments.  I know that for a lot of people that decision will make my project boring and not worth following, but it's what I have to do to keep myself motivated and get through the book.

I'm reading it like I would read an old work of literature or watch an old movie; that is, I'm trying to ignore the backward, sexist, homophobic, racist elements and tease out whatever value or entertaining qualities there are in it.

But, again, it's great to hear about your experience.  If my wife ever becomes pregnant (we're not trying) I'll pass this info along to her.

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