Sunday, February 09, 2014

King David's 1963 Ford Galaxy

If you don't already have enough to think about, add these: America the Beautiful was written by a lesbian feminist, the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist, and The Star Spangled Banner is sung to the tune of an old English drinking song (which may explain why it is easier to sing while drunk). Adding to all of this is a new scientific report which carbon dates the earliest known camel bones in the Middle East to as many as ten centuries after The Old Testament says Abraham possessed some of those humped dromedaries. The pastor of my church noted that he learned this in his freshman year of college as theologians have known of this particular anachronism for a generation and have used it as evidence that those particular Biblical texts were written long after the events themselves. It would be not unlike reading in Samuel and I Kings and I Chronicles that King David drove a 1963 Ford Galaxy. Theologicans might use that as evidence that those particular Biblical texts were written sometime in 1963 or later. Some theologians would no doubt claim that it was more likely that King David drove a 1958 Corvette, but I digress. I like the fact that real life adds to the complexity and diversity of the mythology we wrap ourselves in. It makes it all seem more human somehow.


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