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Bible views from a factualist perspective. How the old testament condems oral suction in circumsicions

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My notes after another great read of Daniel Dennett, namely his Breaking The Spell, religion as a natural phenomenon. I rarely get positively moved by a quote from the Bible, but I could not escape being so by reading from John 8:44 the extract ”The Father of Lies.”
JustgoingovermynotesafteranothergreatreadofDanielDennett,namelyhisBreakingThe
Spell,religionasanaturalphenomenon
IrarelygetpositivelymovedbyaquotebyDennettfromtheBible,butIcouldnotescapebeing
sobyreadingfrom John8:44theextract"TheFatherofLies."
John8:44"Youbelongtoyourfather,thedevil,andyouwanttocarryoutyourfathersdesires.
Hewasamurdererfrom thebeginning,notholdingtothetruth,forthereisnotruthinhim.
Whenhelies,hespeakshisnativelanguage,forheisaliarandthefatheroflies."
Iam oftheopinion,asaremanyreputablescientist,thatthereadilyavailableanthropological
evidencepointstoourownspecieshavingevolveddepredationasavehicleofreproduction,
societallyhierarchicallystructuredonmaleintra-sexualaggression.AsIwasreadingitit
becamequiteevidentthatitquiteaccuratelydepictedthepsychologicalframeworkofa
humanindividualofeithersexatatimewhenbeinggoodforthespecieswastheoppositeof
whattotheglobalisedpolyphenism thatitofficiallyistoday.
TheonlyothertimeIwaseverstirredbytheBiblewasafterreadingGenesisintheOld
testamentinmythirtiesandseeingthetemptorsnakeasaphallicsymbolandthefruitit
offeredastheaccompanyingglans.Howstrange,I'vethoughtsincethen,thatifmy
interpretationwereacccuratethatwouldmeanthattheJewishfaithhadassimilatedthose
writingsfrom someothercultureratherthanitbeingrepresentativeinextractionofitself.I
thinkthatbecauseifAdamwasforbiddenfrom eatingthefruitfromthetreebyGodwhythen
dosomeRabbisperform theritualofcleaningaboy'speniswiththeirmouthfromtheblood
spilledbyacircumcision?Thispracticehasreceivedmuchcriticism andrightlyso,Ithink,
especiallybecauseofthetransmittingofdiseasestotheboysduetotheirsusceptabilityat
suchayoungage.
IsthestoryofMosesandthetabletshewasgiventhatofoneofhowtheJewsassimilated
someotherculture?
TheideaofhavingthefruitintheGardenOfEdenastheglanscameindependantlyfrom my
friendAndrewVillarubiaafterItoldhimmyviewsonthesnake.
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