I’d like to address the claim that an omnipotent, omniscient being, a being that wanted its will to be communicated with perfect clarity and fidelity to all people for all of time, decided to do so by having people grind up pigments in order to stain dead trees and/or animal hides with words.
Let’s look at the logic, or lack thereof, of claimed “holy books”.
To begin with, an omnipotent god could, by definition, do anything it wanted to do. An omniscient god would, by definition, know what to do and how to do it, in order to accomplish anything it wanted to do. And an omnibenevolent deity that was also omniscient and omnipotent, which wanted its will/existence to be known to all of humanity, would, by definition, be guaranteed to succeed.
Now, what we find in the real world is that every single “holy book” not only has significantly and materially different interpretations among its followers, but is utterly unconvincing to skeptics and/or people from other faiths. Since, then, there is no perfect transmission of information via “holy books”, no holy book was created/influenced by a tri-omni god that wanted its presence/will to be known.
While I’m at it, let’s take, as an axiom, that anything I could do better than a claimed omnipotent, omniscient entity, was not in fact done by that entity. So, let’s see whether or not I could beat the claimed tri-omni deity.
To begin with, my book would be undeniably special. It would, for instance, float at about shoulder level above the ground and be indestructible. Likewise, every one of my books would spontaneously pop into existence when a new human being was born, and would follow them for the rest of their lives, as their personal book. My book would also be fully accessible to the blind, and to people who didn’t speak the language it was written in. In fact, if for some reason I decided to use a book instead of just using my omnipotence and omniscience to make my will/presence undeniable to every human being on Earth, I would make sure that at least my book would allow direct communication between me and human beings, such that all any person would need to do was to think about me/the book, and I would instantly enter into direct communication with them, beyond any linguistic, cognitive, or perceptual hindrances.
I put it to you, my readers, that my holy book would be undeniably the correct book to follow, and would in fact unite all of humanity in accordance with my will. Further, I put it to you that if I could design a system which is more effective than a claimed tri-omni deity, then that deity didn’t do it.
Which is to say that – books, scrolls, oral traditions, and prayer wheels are nice and all, but not one of them can claim to be anything other than completely man-made.