1. The Bible is ridiculous.
The indictment that the Bible is ridiculous is one of Rosch’s more ludicrous reasons to be an atheist. The assumption from Rosch is that all (or at least most) Christians are ignorant about the stories in the Bible. He highlights two passages in particular that do not get much attention, claiming that the “hilariously ridiculous stories” are the only things that spice up an otherwise boring book.
While there are several strange stories in the Bible, highlighting those stories (or misrepresenting them as Rosch does when he makes the account in Matthew 27 sound like some sort of zombie attack) undercuts the immense value and depth of thought found in the Bible. To call the Bible a mere book of “boredom peppered with ridiculousness” is to entirely overlook the immense literary value found in the Bible.
Here, I will not even speak to the book’s value as an authority on the human condition or ultimate reality since I know that Rosch would not give such an idea the chance to draw a breath before he tuned it out. Without a doubt, though, the Bible has been one of the most (if not the most) influential books in the course of Western philosophy and society. To deny that demonstrates an ignorance of history and literary tradition.