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Re: [humanism-174] "The Bible" on History Channel

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Monday, March 4, 2013 8:36 AM
The miniseries is very indicative of exactly that symptom: the tendency to ignore or sugarcoat many of the more unpleasant realities contained in the source material.
During the Lot/Sodom/angel scene, cut from the film (probably not scripted or filmed either) is the fact that before the angels/guests whack the residents, Lot offers his two virgin daughters to the mob to gang-rape if they only leave his guests alone!
While in the mountains after the destruction of Sodom, Lot's daughters get him drunk and seduce him.  This scene/story was not included in the miniseries.
When Moses confronts Pharoah,  in the source book, Moses and Pharoah's priests engage in a bit of magic contest.  Shown, this scene would have called into question the idea that the god of Moses was not simply one of many, but was/is the ONLY god.
Also, after each plague, in the source book, Pharoah gives in and tries to release the Hebrews, but God "hardens his heart" and causes Pharoah to change his mind, thus deliberately precipitating the next plague in the series!  This part of the story was somehow not included in the miniseries.
I'm sure that as the series progresses, we will see (or not see!) more of the same.  Baby-bashing, prisoner sacrifice, and virgin-rape will most likely be glossed over or just not included.  Since the producers are apparently born-again Christians, none of this ought to be surprising. 
The series is like boiled chicken.  Might be some meat there, but no flavor at all!
Tim Campbell
In a message dated 3/4/2013 8:17:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Mike wrote:    

"Since Christianity has been ascendent in the West since Constantine , even though it evolved from Judaism; and, since the New Testament is taken by Christians as superseding the Old; why not focus your criticism on the New rather than the Old?  Focusing on the God of the Old Testament seems like the wrong target because either God has evolved (Unlikely.), or, the believer's understanding of God has...

First, I don't focus on just the old Testament. There are plenty of problems and inconsistencies in the NT also that I and others have pointed out before. Second, many Christians themselves don't accept that God or their religion has "evolved." Many if not most insist that God never changes, that the OT is still relevant and valid, and point to comments by Jesus supporting that, etc. Many also base their young-earth creationist beliefs on a literal reading of Genesis.  At the same time many ignore the most troublesome passages in the OT, like the ones I mentioned. Likewise, most praise the 10 commandments but only heed certain ones, and largely ignore the prescribed penalties for breaking them (or say in contradiction to their other claims, that the penalties no longer apply).   

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