1. Medieval tyrants were generally impatient, and unforgiving. The God of the Bible is extremely patient, when considering the many years that have gone by before judgments were pronounced. Tyrants don't really care if those he rules over love others. God's command is to love one another. The problem with not worshiping God is that if we don't, we will worship something else. Often, ourselves. And that's what causes a lot of problems in the world. The more wealth one has, the more he is afraid of losing it. As far as obligation to 'love', you don't think we have an obligation to love? We 'are' obligated. We are obligated to love our wives and children. We don't 'have' to, but we are obligated to. Take a parent who refuses to love his/her children, we have someone who is in violation of an ethical/moral law. And that law comes from God.<quoted text>
1. You believe that your God demands worship, is jealous of rivals, rewards sucking up, meats out punishment for anything that displeases or offends Him and is prone to fits of anger. I think thats a pretty good description of just about any medieval tyrant you would care to name.
2. You and I are talking about two different things. Im talking about the possibility of an indescribable force or consciousness or intelligence that is responsible for the laws that govern nature and the universe, not a personal god with anthropomorphic (human) characteristics. You have to remember that I dont accept your concept of God.
3. You seem to suggesting that the people that wrote editorials in that journal need to unnamed for fear of physical retribution by the science community.
2. I know you don't. You supposedly embrace the possibility of Thomas Paine's God. I say 'supposedly', because Paine's god, although not the God of the Bible, at least not by his understanding, made personal decisions. We were created by the 'choice' of a creator. And possessed a concept of morality.
"The Almighty Lecturer, by displaying the principles of science in the structure of the universe, has invited man to study and to imitation. It is as if He had said to the inhabitants of this globe that we call ours, "I have made an earth for man to dwell upon, and I have rendered the starry heavens visible, to teach him science and the arts. He can now provide for his own comfort, and learn from my munificence to all to be kind to each other." - The Age of Reason, Part 1, 1793
3. Not at all:
The co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, 83, was menaced by protesters yesterday in Greece, while giving a lecture at Patras University. A group of 20 protesters shouting "Racist!" burst into the lecture theatre, and a young man - wearing a hood, naturally - approached Watson brandishing a flag.
The dangers could come from anyone(s) offended. They may not even have the slightest interest in science. Anyone(s) were offended by his conclusions, and deemed him a 'racist'.