Hector Avalos was born in Mexico and as a young child moved to USA to help his grandmother, a Pentecostal. He became a Child Evangelist & Faith Healer at 7 years old! In High School he decided to be great missionary so he decided to teach himself Greek & Hebrew to defeat heretics! In college, at 20 years-old, he became an atheist due to now really understanding the scriptures he was preaching. In the interview Dr. Avalos explains, given his background, why people claim spiritual healings which are inaccurate. The interview is short and this part is fascinating.
Dr. Avalos also discusses how violence is essentially due to actual or perceived scarcity of resources. He explains how religion is unique in its violent potential due to creating imaginary resources that people succumb to: (1) access to divine communication, (2) sacred space, (3) group privileges, (4) salvation (eternal life as a long-term commodity). It is an enthralling discussion.
His new book, “The End of Biblical Studies” sounds interesting. He claims the bible is not relevant to real life and in this interview does a fantastic defense of his position.
Questions for Readers:
- Atheists: What value(s) can you see in studying the Bible?
- Christians: Would any Christians like to read this together with me and do parallel posting?