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  • Religions Hold Mix of Justice and Mercy

    By Reuven Firestone

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Religion did not begin with compassion. The gods of the ancient Near East were not exactly epitomes of goodness.

    In the flood story of the Gilgamesh Epic, the gods destroyed humanity not because they were reacting to unbridled violence and sin, as in the biblical (and...