Paul Mawdsley Posted June 11, 2006 Share Posted June 11, 2006 Intriguing ParallelsI am currently reading, among other things, “Who Wrote the Bible?” by R. E. Friedman. My interest in this book comes from a desire to flesh-out my belief that the Bible is a fiction created by man to express a particular vision of existence that grew from early interpretations of his physical and social world. I consider the Bible to be an early compilation of philosophical treatises born in the psychologies of the individuals involved in it’s creation, rather than divinely inspired works. It presents a particular vision of existence, with a particular associated epistemology, and a particular moral theory.I have never read the Bible. The closest I ever came to the Bible was a picture book I was given as a child, the occasional discussions I have had at my door with Jehovah Witnesses, and what I have found in hotel rooms. I get the sense that the Old Testament has a very different message and vision to the New Testament. From what I can gather, the Old Testament seems to be very absolutist, commandment oriented, and focussed on the control extending from the centre-outward. (This social structure reminds me of ARI and what happens on SOLOP.) The New Testament strikes me as having more of an appreciation for the relative perspective of individuals towards the Absolute, personal will, personal judgement, self-monitoring, and self-guidance, all within the framework of the absolutes given by God. I get the sense the New Testament is more about finding God’s absolutes from one’s relative perspective rather than having God’s absolute perspective flow through and displace one’s relative perspective. (This social structure reminds me more of TOC and what we do here.)I am looking for feedback on these thoughts. Is my sense of the Old and New Testaments on the right track? Is there any books anyone might suggest I read along the lines of these thoughts? Does anyone else see any parallels with the Objectivist movement and Christianity?Thanks,Paul Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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