In a recent post, I shared the story of how John Fowles’s book The Collector inspired me to start reading serious literature and value learning.
This same book inspired two serial killers to abduct, rape, and murder women.
So I have a question for everybody. Let’s say the book was never published. Do you think these two men would have never become serial killers for lack of inspiration, and their victims would be unharmed by them?
Or would they still find an excuse for their murderous impulses?
If you think the latter is true, how does it make sense to claim that the Koran caused 9/11? Or that the Bible caused the Spanish conquistadors to rape, murder, and torture the indigenous people of the New World?
(This post is inspired by a recent post on religion at Jonathan’s blog. I’m displaced from my office and have to blog from my phone, so I can’t offer a link to the post. Just go to the blog at http://www.jonathanmayhew.blogspot.com and look around for Jonathan’s fascinating posts on religion. Sorry for the inconvenience.)