Thursday, August 03, 2006

Holy Imperfection

There's a theory in economics which basically says that no contract can cover all facets of an arrangement. There will always be outcomes which will throw up ambiguities.

That's why we have lawyers, and why they get paid so much!

But when you apply this line of thinking to Holy books (the Bible, the Koran etc.) you realise that:

a) they are not "perfect" messages (from God) - at best they are general hand waving.

and

b) these books need humans to figures out the ambiguities, the tough answers aren't self evident

(/Humans/ are the integral part of our understanding of God)

I suppose all this is already clear. When you hear Taleban legal eagles proving how their actions have been OKed by God and the Koran, and Saudis getting 3 week "marriages" in Indonesia just so they lay their consciences to rest... (http://thejakartapost.com/detailheadlines.asp?fileid=20060803.A07&irec=6). Needless to say there are tons of Christian examples...

3 comments:

treespotter said...

i'm not sure what you're trying to say there, but i disagree to the need for lawyers. Entirely. we don't need them. EVER. EVER!!!

treespotter said...

okay okay... well, you know, i've a thing for lawyers. you're not one, are you?

johnorford said...

yeh i wasn't sure what i was saying there myself - i suppose i was saying how /human/ a thing religion etc is - i am fascinated in the whole religion hoohah but not religious at all really. i suppose that's why indonesia fascinates me so much!