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Published June 21, 2011
The impulse to create new bibles is not new. Some 1,200 years after the time of Moses, enough people needed a new Bible that thousands of them accepted the New Testament − if not as a total replacement for the Old Testament, then surely as a fundamental reordering of the latter’s authority and importance. And some 600 years after that new bible came on the scene, Islam introduced its new Bible, the Koran.
So while making new bibles may be an old tradition, when an atheist does it, it’s certainly news. Shouldn’t atheists be the last people producing bibles? The fact that the latest edition of the “new” bible has been created by famed British philosopher A.C.Grayling, an avowed atheist, makes one wonder, why has he written this book?
Grayling’s view is that for historical reasons, religions have a grossly inflated place in the public domain, so that their voice and influence is amplified disproportionately. He has spent his entire career saying religion has too much influence, yet he has now written a book called “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible.” Funny choice of titles for such an assertive atheist, or is it?
A more cynical soul might interpret it as Grayling poking fun at those who take the “old Bible” seriously, and perhaps that was his intent. In choosing his title, perhaps Graying was arguing for a wider definition of what we include in our definition of sacred literature. But whatever his intent was, in creating his new Humanist Bible, the author pays tribute to the enduring wisdom of the Bible and the importance of having a sacred text which informs our lives.
Ironically, by referring to the book as a “Bible,” Grayling proves the enormous influence and significance of religion. Using a sacred reference, he admits, perhaps inadvertently, that the power of traditional religious language goes beyond anything you can find anywhere else.
Bottom line, the need for a Bible is more universal than is the definition of what it includes. No matter what Grayling may say about the outsized influence which religion has in the world, and no matter how strongly he denies the existence of God, Grayling’s book reminds us that people, even those who have “outgrown” God, need sacred stories and wise teachers from long ago in order to help us lead more meaningful and ethical lives.
Grayling also shows us that atheists can become every bit as narrow and dogmatic as they often accuse religionists of being. “The Good Book” presents wisdom teachings taken from many of the world’s greatest minds, including Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and many others, and is organized into 12 sections, including Genesis, The Sages, Parables, Lamentations, Proverbs, Songs, Acts, and The Good.
Although the book is clearly organized around obviously biblical headings and themes, e.g., his Genesis opens with a tree in a garden; Grayling seems to have assiduously avoided incorporating any classically biblical text in the teachings. That decision strikes me as the replacement of a new narrow orthodoxy for what Grayling presumes is another — further evidence that atheism can be every bit as ideologically myopic as some versions of theism.
Faith, including the faith of atheism, for those who follow that path, has a place in our lives, but the faiths which we follow cannot limit the range of those from whom we can learn. When that happens, all people suffer, regardless of their faith.
Although Grayling’s “Humanist Bible” will not replace the one in which I believe, it will find its place on my bookshelf as one from which I can learn. Ultimately, our ability to learn not only from the Bibles in which we do believe, but also from those in which we do not, may be the most important intellectual-spiritual capacity for living peacefully in our increasingly inter-connected world.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is the author of “You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism,” and president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.
- A.C. Grayling on the Humanist Bible and Militant Atheism (theperplexedobserver.blogspot.com)
- CNN interviews AC Grayling about his “agenda” (humanistlife.org.uk)
- Grayling’s secular bible (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- The Good Book can’t be bettered (telegraph.co.uk)
- Grayling on Colbert (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Tough times for Grayling (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- New BHA President AC Grayling on his secular “Good Book” (humanistlife.org.uk)
- Grayling’s Bible (unreasonablefaith.com)
Pawlenty’s ‘Common Sense”:Turn to God, Protect Unborn
Saturday, 04 Jun 2011 10:10 AM
WASHINGTON — A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage, a claim that a South Carolina debate and a well-publicized forum in New H
ampshire couldn’t make about their recent events.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s two-day conference proved that the religious right still plays a major role in the nominating process, even if it’s less organized than during the Christian Coalition‘s heyday and economic issues are dominating the early campaign.
The gathering was a tryout for candidates hoping to fill a void left by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The Southern Baptist minister won the 2008 Iowa caucus but is not running this time.
Most of the candidates spent more time on money issues than on spiritual matters on the opening day of the conference Friday. But they generally portrayed the federal debt and healthcare policies as moral concerns.
They also paid tribute to reli
gious conservatives who often place abortion, gay marriage and other social issues ahead of questions such as taxes and spending.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman bypassed a large scrum of journalists but did give an interview to the Christian-oriented CBN network.
“I do not believe the Republican Party should focus solely on our economic life to the neglect of our human life,” Huntsman told the conference audience of several hundred after citing numerous anti-abortion laws he signed as governor.
Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are Mormons, a group eyed suspiciously by some Christian conservatives. They did not directly mention Mormonism in their remarks.
The Republican contenders who seem to be making the most direct appeals to evangelical voters are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who declined an invitation to the conference.
Pawlenty, a Catholic-turned-Protestant evangelical, opened and closed his remarks with biblical quotes. His said his top four “common sense principles” for the nation are to turn toward God, protect the unborn, support traditional marriage and keep Americans secure.
Bachmann, inching toward a presidential bid, reminded the audience that she home-schooled her five children and served as foster mother to 23 others. She said “marriage is under siege” in America and she ended with a prayer that asked a blessing for President Barack Obama, whom she had sharply criticized moments earlier.
Romney, seen as the Republicans’ early front-runner, may have the toughest task in wooing religious conservatives. As a Senate candidate and one-term governor in Massachusetts, he supported legalized abortion, gay rights and gun control.
Romney has reversed his stands on those positions. Since speakers didn’t take audience questions at the event, he had an easier time than he will in other settings.
He cited “our belief in the sanctity of human life,” and said marriage should apply to “one man and one woman.” Romney blamed Obama for the nation’s high unemployment. Job losses can push marriages to the breaking point, he said, calling it “a moral crisis.”
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas mixed quotes from the Bible’s first book of Samuel with his familiar libertarian proposals, such as returning to the gold standard.
All these lines got applause. Still, a sense of unease sometimes hung over the event. Organizers acknowledged that some religious conservatives are not happy with the heavy emphasis on economic matters these days.
The audience members sat silently when Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged them to embrace the eventual nominee despite the certainty that they will disagree with him or her on some issues.
“Purity is the enemy of victory,” said Barbour, who has decided against his own presidential bid.
Faith and Freedom Coalition: http://ffcoalition.com/
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- 2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right (thenewstribune.com)
- 2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- 2012 GOP hopefuls court the religious right (cbsnews.com)
- Faith And Freedom Coalition Conference 2011: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Court Religious Right (huffingtonpost.com)
- 2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right (msnbc.msn.com)
- Faith And Freedom Conference: How Will Religion Affect Evangelical Votes? (huffingtonpost.com)
- 2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right (msnbc.msn.com)
- GOP Candidates Try to Bridge Social-Fiscal Divide (foxnews.com)
- Faith And Freedom Coalition Conference: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Try To Court Christian Conservatives (huffingtonpost.com)
- GOP tries to bridge social-fiscal divide (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Energy in America: Car Sharing Grows in Popularity
By Alicia Acuna
Published June 02, 2011
Kik waves her key ring in front of the windshield, gets in and drives off. Despite possible appearances, she has not just committed a felony or momentarily forgotten what her vehicle looks like. In fact, she doesn’t even own a car. Kik is car sharing.
“I’ve never spent more than $120 a month,” Kik says of the cost, “so no matter how much I’ve used it, I still haven’t even grazed a car payment.”
Which is part of the point of this ever-growing phenomenon.
“You can think of it as a pay-as-you-drive system for car usage,” explains Karen Worminghaus, executive director of Denver-based eGo CarShare.
“People can check out the cars for a couple of hours at a time, a couple days if they want, use it for whatever they need, bring it back to the same location. Then they get billed on an hourly and mileage basis.”
eGo CarShare has seen its membership double in the last year, according to the company. And across the country the car share industry, which includes companies such as Zipcar, RelayRides and Getaround, has grown 16 percent.
Located primarily in larger cities, car sharing is a business model based on memberships that hover around $10 a month, plus usage. For those who only need to drive occasionally, they can pay a higher daily rate.
The price of gas lately, plus sluggish economic recovery, has contributed to the growth, says Worminghaus, but more, she believes it’s about people committing to being greener.
“Our whole idea is to try to empower people to be able to live as car light as possible,” Worminghaus says.
According to The CarSharing Association, the mission is aimed at “…decreasing personal car ownership, reducing vehicle distance traveled (and)… motivating residents to walk, cycle and take buses and trains.”
Zach Owens has no interest in owning a car.
“I think it’s too big a commitment for me both financially,” Owens explains, “and in terms of all the stress that comes with owning a vehicle. It’s nice that eGo cars are there for me when I need them.”
Owens says he prefers to take the bus to work or ride his bike to his downtown office building, and only car shares when he has a meeting far away.
The system has roaming benefits as well. For instance, if a Denver area member flies to San Francisco, their membership goes with them, allowing access to car shares from eGo CarShare partners in that city.
- ENERGY IN AMERICA: Car Sharing Gaining Steam- Turning Garbage Into Gas (foxnews.com)
- Is Car Sharing the Future of the Automobile Industry? (bigthink.com)
- Only a fifth opt for car sharing (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Getaround app takes car sharing peer-to-peer on the iPhone (tuaw.com)
- Wheels: Car Sharing Start-Ups Bask in Zipcar’s I.P.O. Glow (wheels.blogs.nytimes.com)
- RelayRides redesigns car sharing (reviews.cnet.com)
- 10 Signs Web-Based Sharing Is Reaching A Tipping Point (gigaom.com)
- Would You Rent Your Car Out While Not Driving It? Car Sharing Explained (mint.com)
- Getaround Signed Up 1,600 Cars In A Day; That’s 20 Percent Of Zipcar’s Fleet (techcrunch.com)
- P2P car share wins TechCrunch award (reviews.cnet.com)