Tuesday, September 16, 2008
[We are always up to something.]
This may come as a surprise to many Americans, however in the Islamic world, a great many people believe that the attack on the World Trade Center was in fact coordinated by Jews. Of course, most people in the United States would scoff at such a conspiracy theory; for one thing it seems to be improbable that so many people could have been involved in the conspiracy without anyone revealing the truth (“whistle blowing”). Muslims brush this objection off “because it clashes with their bedrock conviction that Jews are behind many of their troubles”. In other words, they simply deny the inconvenient truth.
I see a parallel between the 9/11 conspiracy theories and attitude that many atheists have about the origins of Torah.
We know that about 2,000 years ago, there were several million people who believed that the events described in the first half of the book of Exodus had actually occurred to their ancestors. The question is; how did they come to believe this?
The obvious answer is because it did happen.
The atheistic answer however seems to be: It was a conspiracy. Nothing really happened, however about three thousand years ago Israelites began making up stories about their ancestors. Then at some point, most likely during the time of Ezra, all Jews decided on one identical, yet fictional, version of their origins. All previous versions mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Even the Samaritans for some reason were also loyal conspirators. Although it seems to be improbable that so many people could have been involved in the conspiracy without anyone revealing the truth, atheists brush this off because it clashes with their bedrock conviction that there is no God.
There is no physical evidence, no whistle blowers, but the Jews simply MUST have fabricated the Torah from thin air. Just like they must have destroyed the World Trade Center. Whatever.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:15 AM