Steven Weinberg on the Monotheist God

Axis of EvilIt’s been a while since I have expressed my disgust of monotheism. So here’s Nobel laureate physicist Steven Weinberg on the god of the monotheists. He says he dislikes that god — and clarifies that his dislike of a non-existent being is akin to the dislike he has for other villains of literature. Watch the brief ~3 min. video.

“The god of traditional Judaism, Christianity and Islam seems to me a terrible character. He’s a god who is obsessed with the degree to which people worship him and anxious to punish with the most awful torments those who don’t worship him in the right way. … He’s a terrible character. I don’t like him.”

Amen, brother, amen.

(The English word ‘amen’ derives from Aramaic, the language that Jews spoke around the time that Jesus is supposed to have lived. The word traveled from Aramaic to Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English. My use of ‘amen’ to signal emphatic approval of Weinberg’s opinion is deliberate. It is usually used to as an affirmation of a prayer, and I am using it to affirm an anti-religion view.)

Richard Dawkins was more comprehensive in his denunciation of the monotheist god. He wrote:

β€œThe God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Richard, why don’t you tell us what you really think about god? πŸ™‚

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