Richard Dawkins on Premier Christian Radio interviewed by Justin Brierley
Richard Dawkins is going to be debating the Old Testament on Premier Christian Radio tomorrow 7th December. They might be debating Genesis ch 22 since there is also a link to Not Wright giving the tired & twisted interpretation, probably by the power of the Holy Spirit; otherwise known as being unhealthily introverted and lost in yourself, chasing your own tail etc
Why not just say that it was insane of Abraham to agree to sacrifice Isaac for nothing? The story is probably mythical but if the thought occurred to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac he should have responded, " No, I am not going to follow that barbaric superstitious practice even if it is an accepted practice of the culture of the times I live in, I think a good god would not be pleased with such an act and I find the idea abhorrent. So no I won't do it " Genesis 22 story is a case study warning of how twisted thinking can convince people they are doing something virtuous when to any sane outsider it is obviously a deranged act.
UK Channel 4 with astronomer Allan Chapman re. Greek mythology about the stars. One myth was about the god Uranus. It sounds like a very similar type of story to Abraham/Isaac. Uranus imprisoned Gaia's youngest children in Tartarus, deep within Earth, where they caused pain to Gaia. She shaped a great flint-bladed sickle and asked her sons to castrate Uranus. Only Cronus, youngest and most ambitious of the Titans, was willing: he ambushed his father and castrated him, casting the severed testicles into the sea.
For this fearful deed, Uranus called his sons Titanes Theoi, or "Straining Gods. From the blood that spilled from Uranus onto the Earth came forth the Giants, the Erinyes (the avenging Furies), the Meliae (the ash-tree nymphs), and, according to some, the Telchines. He was also responsible for spilling his blood into the Mediterranean Sea. The next day, bubbles came out from the spill of Uranus's blood, Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty was born.