Tag Archives: Religion

The word “god” is used to cover a vast multitude of mutually exclusive ideas. And the distinctions are, I believe in some cases, intentionally fuzzed so that no one will be offended that people are not talking about their god …

— Carl Sagan The word “god” is used to cover a vast multitude of mutually exclusive ideas. And the distinctions are, I believe in some cases, intentionally fuzzed so that no one will be offended that people are not talking about their god. But let me give a sense of two poles of the definition …

I suppose the scholars of the Septuagint could at least be said to have started something big when they mistranslated the Hebrew word for ‘young woman’ into the Greek word for ‘virgin’, coming up with the prophecy: ‘Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son…’

Richard Dawkins I suppose the scholars of the Septuagint could at least be said to have started something big when they mistranslated the Hebrew word for ‘young woman’ into the Greek word for ‘virgin’, coming up with the prophecy: ‘Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son…’

The spreads of government and of religion have thus been linked to each other throughout recorded history

“The spreads of government and of religion have thus been linked to each other throughout recorded history, whether the spread has been peaceful … or by force. In the latter case it is often government that organizes the conquest, and religion that justifies it.” Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies P. 266