New wine in old wineskins

Matthew 9:14-17:

14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

This is similar to the part in Exodus where only the younger people get to enter the promised land.

The reason I post it is that Richard Dawkins seems to be frustrated because his book on genes does not sell very well. This is because a lot of scientific research, genes being one of them, puts old sayings in a new perspective: that of modern science. However the ideas are already cemented in phrases and sayings and no one cares that much about replacing them into something similar, but with the word “gene” in it.

Richard Dawkins does not like it, so he starts criticising religion out of sheer frustration about his own failure.

© Koos Swart 2013