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Why Would An Atheist Read The Bible?

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nailit | 20:20 Tue 25th Feb 2020 | Religion & Spirituality
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Why would a creationist read The God Delusion?

Anyway, Ive set myself a goal (always lived my life by goal setting, it focus's the mind) to read the entire Bible...Genesis to Revelation...in 3 months!
Ive read the entire Bible before, but forgot much of it, and after a few conversations at work (with Evangelicals) Ive decided to read the lot again. After 14 days I am currently at the first few chapters of Deuteronomy. Have struggled (but persevered) through meaningless chapter after after chapter of animal sacrifices in Numbers to meaningless chapter after chapter of ridiculous laws in Leviticus, with endless repetitions of genealogies and the endless repetition of killing animals because it is a *Pleasing aroma before the Lord*

I can quiet understand why Bible believers have never read the Bible.
Its Boring.
Its sick
Its Immoral
Its irrelevant

But I'll read it!
Can Bible believers understand why I will?
(for the next couple of months at least)
;-)

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You need a new hobby mate.
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//You need a new hobby mate//
Got several thanks,
AB is a minor one :-)
Just like a discussion here and there....
I don't know why you'd want to waste your time on it. There are many more interesting and worthwhile books to read.
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Its a labor of love.
If Bible believers cant read their own book, then I will....
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Im ready to do it just to refresh my memory.
Usually they're forced to at school and Sunday school.

For others, maybe it's a belief that they'll find ammunition against the believers' view and therefore supporting their own.
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Most Christians havnt even read the New Testament let alone the Old Testament.....
And yet they tell us what to think!
Is that what's happening at work?
You've told us why you want to re read it - to refresh your memory and to reach your goal.

Best wishes, I'm sure you'll complete your task.
Given your oft stated views on religion, specifically Christianity one might wonder if there's some confusion between 'labour of love' and 'self flagellation'.
I am noy Jewish, not from Jewish ancestors and have no intention of converting but I am doing Daf Yomi. Its an amazing opportunity to learn. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daf_Yomi
I read loads but a couple of books I found so boring I couldn't get past the first chapter .... one was Das Kapital and the other was the bible. I wish you lots of luck.
"Why Would An Atheist Read The Bible?" - know the enemy me old china.
It's good to be informed about things, gives you a better understanding of where believers are coming from. I'm not a Muslim but have read the quran, I don't think you should restrict your literature to things you believe in.
Like a moth to a flame aren't you nailit. I read the bible as a somewhat erratic history record of ancient times and perspective's.
I can no more understand why an atheist would want to read the bible than go to church every Sunday .I suppose it gives a little ammunition to some, as a perceived justification, to mock and sneer at those who have a faith and adhere to its scriptures.
In my humble opinion, you need a less adversarial attitude towards Christians.
Also, who tells you what to think?
I am not ashamed to say what I think, but regards telling others what they should think, er, no, not me guv.
It's boring, it's sick, it's immoral, it's irrelevant. Sounds like today's media outpouring.
Try, "Fifty Shades Of Magnolia," they keep their clothes on and play Draughts.
It takes just 70 hours and 40 minutes to read the Bible through "at pulpit rate," and aloud! It takes only 52 hours and 20 minutes to read the Old Testament, and just 18 hours and 20 minutes to read the New Testament. The longest book, Psalms, will take just 4 hours and 28 minutes.

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