Sunday, July 26, 2015

Writing a book with one of my heroes!

An atheist author, whose book I have currently have on my bookshelf, has asked me to write a chapter in an anthology! I will reveal specifics on who the other contributors are as the project takes shape. About 12 authors have agreed to contribute, with contributors ranging from famous atheists to lowly science/philosophy bloggers (me). I have a complete outline and a 600 word summary of my chapter completed. We plan to publish in one year.

My (awesome) Bookshelf

The goal of the book is to dismantle Christianity.

As a proud double-agent, I am completely happy writing a chapter in a book that is designed to dismantle a worldview. As I said in my TEDx Talk, I'm not going to publicly state what my personal conclusion is regarding which belief system is correct. I will only talk about evidence, and serve as a "trail guide" for others to figure out what they think.

So, for my contribution to the book, I will write on a point that I consider to be a serious error made by some modern Christians--the belief that Noah's flood took place sometime in the last 10,000. Christians attempt to avoid the obvious fact that a global version of the flood (the popular version everyone learns about in Sunday School) did not take place by pointing out that it could have been a local flood.

My chapter will be one of the rare arguments that even a local flood, as described in Genesis 7, definitely did not take place.

Christians may respond to this by pointing out that the accounts were allegorical, or that the readers of old wouldn't have taken the historical narrative literally. This would concede my point--in which case modern Christians should change their mind about the historicity of Noah.

The bigger problem is that God makes the covenant with Abraham in the very next chapter, utilizing the same historical style as part of the same narrative. The covenant with Abraham is foundational to Christian theology, providing the bedrock for the relationship between God and the people of Israel. If God's covenant with Abraham wasn't a historical event, it causes serious theological damage.

However, the story of Adam & Eve is also adjacent--and it actually helps Christianity if that account is taken as allegory. The claim that Adam & Eve were historical individuals, the ancestors of all modern humans, has also been refuted by evolutionary science. If Adam & Eve are allegorical (also there are also foundational promises and projections crucial to Christian theology regarding Adam & Eve), it actually makes the Christian worldview more plausible.

I can't write too much more on this, because its going in a book.

It is very likely that I will disagree with many of my fellow authors. In fact, I have already written formal refutations to one of their books. I'm totally happy writing alongside them, though, because I want their ideas to be shared so that everyone can decide for themselves what they think.

I couldn't be more excited to be writing a book alongside some of my heroes. When I received the invitation form the lead author, I looked back on his book, which I had read, which had made a significant impact on my philosophy, which was sitting on my bookshelf. I had to get up and pace around my apartment for about 30 minutes before I could calm down enough to respond. One of my heroes asked me to write a book with him. #bucketlist

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