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Agnostic Testimony 13
Dan’s Religious Manifesto (Appendix II)

by Daniel Hendricks

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Appendix II

Miscellaneous Thoughts


Mormons get a lot of slack because some of their spin-off groups (and historically, the main church) believe in polygamy.  However, it must be pointed out that rules for having multiple wives exist in the books of all the religions cited above, specifically in Duet 21:15, “If a man has two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated” which goes on to say that the firstborn son is the heir, even though you might not like his mother as much as your other wife and/or her son.  Clearly, this is a rule for polygamy that predates Mormons.

The Riddle of Epicurus

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

100% Literal Bible

It is particularly odd to me that most Jews (Conservative, Reform and some Orthodox) view the creation story of Genesis as symbolic.  Catholic dogma says it is allegorical.  Yet most Protestants remain convinced it literally true.  So Jews, who have had Genesis for 5000+ years, and Catholics, who have had it for 2000+ years, both say it is not literally true.  Yet Protestants, who have been here for about 500 years, insist that it is literally true.  Its as if someone was told the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and instead of taking away from this the idea that one shouldn’t wander in the woods and listen to strangers, came away with thinking this was a factual event, even though those who gave them the story do not consider it as such.