Mr. Harris wrote:
"While the stoning of children for heresy has fallen out of fashion in our country, you will not hear a moderate Christian or Jew arguing for a 'symbolic' reading of passages of this sort. (In fact, one seems to be explicitly blocked by God himself in Deuteronomy 13:1-'Whatever I am now commanding you, you must keep and observe, adding nothing to it, taking nothing away.')."
We must be careful when reading the works of Mr. Harris, as he tends to either pepper his statements with statistics or, as in this case, make very bold and emotionally charged statements. While in and of themselves, bold and emotionally charged statements are not inaccurate, we advise caution because it is easy to get so caught up emotionally that research, citations and context seem irrelevant-how does one argue against an emotion?
Let us begin by opening up the Bible and seeing what Deuteronomy 13:1 states:
"IF there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder."
Ok, a minor mistake on Mr. Harris' part. He accidentally referenced the location of a passage that he had just cited when hoping to cite another verse. That said, notice that the person who wrote the article refrained from reproducing the initial passage that Mr. Harris cited.
Which Bible did Sam Harris list in his bibliography for End of Faith? NIV?
Don’t know what Squidoo or legiti is but I chime in here.
we advise caution because it is easy to get so caught up emotionally that research, citations and context seem irrelevant-how does one argue against an emotion?
He’s trying to make a point but didn’t do a good job at it. Yes, to say that children are stoned is emotionally charged. However, that is what the bible says. Sam uses extreme examples so it is easy to see the hypocrisy and the stupidity involved in this religious crap.
If Sam used something less extreme as an example, then the point he is trying to make wouldn’t come across to the reader as clearly. In this case, his point is not to dwell on the morality or atrocity of children being stoned, but to get you to realize that if you are to take the bible word for word, you must take even the most ghastly bits as well.