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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What Do I Think Really Happened at Mt. Sinai?

According to Orthodox Judaism, the holiday Shavuot (the past two days) commemorates the revelation at Mt. Sinai. Speaking as a non-Orthodox Jew, what do I think happened?

Well… I'm undecided about this topic. On the one hand, the apparent revelation might have been a matter of a volcanic eruption within sight of ex-slaves who had been rescued by a coincidental tsunami. On the other hand, I certainly would not rule out the possibility that the material universe is the compiled version of God's program and the revelation is one of the symbol tables, or possibly something even stranger happened. (When I say “one of the symbol tables” instead of “the symbol table” I mean that as a pre-emptive strike against the common atheist cliche I earlier discussed here.)


Anonymous TJIC said...

Excellent post.

Atheists argue implicitly from equilibrium: "gravity is constant [ in the 300 years and one planet we've been paying attention to ], therefore it would be inelegant for gravity to ever be shut off, therefore if you say that God once did a miracle and turned off gravity for 5 minutes, that's nonsense, therefore God can not exist".

As a software engineer I see all the time how systems are stable and normal 99% of the time, until they're given a certain key input, or a clock rolls past a certain date, or a database table grows past size X.

My thinking is much like yours.

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