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Biblical Contradictions

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by Mister Emu, Sep 23, 2004.

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  1. linwood

    linwood Well-Known Member

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    Not really because I can never honestly say "God does not exist" anymore than I can say Santa Claus does not exist".

    Simply because I cannot ever prove without a doubt that God or Santa Claus isn`t someplace I missed in my search.
     
  2. Melody

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    Well, here are a couple of definitions I pulled from Webster's and it sounds like several of the atheists on this board are actually agnostics. Forgive me, but I have this thing about clearly defining something so that we're not comparing apples and oranges.

    Atheist: one who believes that there is no deity

    Agnostic: : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and prob. unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god
     
  3. Jayhawker Soule

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    You are forgiven. But be advised that this is a recurrent and, for some of us tiresome, semantic debate which fails to distinguish between ontology and epistemology. In fact, meaningful 'isms' are more nuanced than your pocket dictionary and/or vernacular usage. Having said that, note this reference to the OED.

    I suggest that you temper your "thing about clearly defining something" with the realization that (a) definitions are rarely trivial, and (b) the map is not the territory. A person who deems the Supernatural in principal unknowable while asserting insufficient evidence to warrant belief in Deity (or teleology) is legitimately both agnostic and atheist irrespective of your "thing".
     
  4. Melody

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    Thank you, but I didn't ask for your forgiveness, nor do I need it.

    In order to carry on a meaningful dialogue about anything, you have to make sure you are talking about the same thing. I find that a dictionary is a good place to start since they start with common ground.


    If you have one meaning for atheism and I have another, how can we possibly have a discussion? It would be like having a discussion on whether we like apples and an apple to you is actually a banana, whereas to me it's an apple as defined in the dictionary.
     
  5. Corban

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    I started a new post in religous debates where we can work out who is really an athiest, so let's get back on topic here. How do people deal with biblical contradictions, because any logicall person must admit they exist. And i say that as someone who firmly believes in the bible
     
  6. Pah

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    I think we're waiting for Mr Emu to solve some of the ones he has.

    -pah-
     
  7. Jayhawker Soule

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    It depends, of course, on the contradiction. Did you have a particular one in mind? What about the contradiction between the Exodus/Conquest narrative and the archaeological record? Or between Luke's absurd anti-Pharisee fables and halakah? The former approximate folklore while the latter stands closer to antisemitic propaganda and should, presumably, be dealt with differently. What do you think?
     
  8. Mister Emu

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    :p

    I thought I should get these out of the way now. The new covenant got rid of the ceremonial requirements of the old covenant.
     
  9. meogi

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    Is there any way to do HTML in a post? The [.html] tag just seems to make it highlight brackets and stuff... unless it compiles the code after you submit (you'd think it'd do that on preview as well though)... anyway.

    I'll just post a link to this guy's essay: http://ffrf.org/lfif/?t=stone.txt

    Anyone have a response to it?
     
  10. Jayhawker Soule

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    The "new covenant" is a piece of theological confection, a maneuver, reflecting the victory of Paul and the Gentile mission over the Jerusalem sect. The resulting "replacement theology" is little more than nascent antisemitism.
     
  11. Pah

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    Then why is it canonized? What possiblre reason can there be for God not to get out the "latest word" without the ambiguity of the old. The Bible, as I understand it, is not a work in progress.

    -pah-
     
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    Ealier there was some talk about atheists not being able to study the Bible....hmm...

    Let's take a closer look at this: how would a Christian study an ancient Hindu text? Well, the Christian doesn't believe in the Hindu legends etc., so obviously would not study it literally. They would have to take into account the authors, their philosophy, the cultural/historical context, etc. They would have to try to critically examine which elements are historical, and which are myths with religious/philosophical meaning. In other words, the Christian would have to use critical scholastic methods. This is precisely how an atheist would study the Bible.

    There is no difference in how Christians and atheists look at the ancient religious writings/legends of past civilizations, except for one--Christians give a particular, canonized series of texts special rights to be interpreted in such a way that its inherent fallibility is completely ignored. In other words, the only people who are inherently biased in their study of the Bible are those who have a priori beliefs in its divine origins.
     
  13. Jayhawker Soule

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    That is actually not quite accurate. I suspect that most atheists are "inherently biased" against the presumption of miracles. So, for example, rather than presume that the Synoptics prophecy the destruction of the Temple, we choose instead to date date them to after 72 CE.
     
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    I see your point, but would that really be "bias" or just a critical analysis of an ancient mythological text? Would it really be objective not to conclude the miracles/prophesies are myths?
     
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    It is bias. I know of nothing in the text itself that precludes an earlier date.
     
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    Hi all,

    The web page that seemed to spawn this debate over intellectual bias in evaluation of facts mentions once crucial point that has been left out of this discussion.

    Mr. Armstrong ADMITED bias towards believing Christian "evidence" since he was a believer.... what he objected to was the LACK of admission of bias towards an atheist view by the atheist he was debating.

    I believe we all will show bias in a debate towards what we believe in, that's just human nature.

    Scott
     
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    So it's bias and unobjective to conclude that the Synoptics prophesying the exact date of the destruction of the Temple is unlikely?
     
  18. Jayhawker Soule

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    Yes, it is biased, although I'd be able to supply a more objective response if you could reference where I might find "the Synoptics prophesying the exact date of the destruction of the Temple".
     
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    How is it biased to doubt the prophesying powers/miracle accounts of authors who contradict each other/themselves and appear to fabricate stories and borrow things from other legends, and when scientifically no one has ever been shown to have miraculous/prophesying power?

    As for a reference where you might find "the Synoptics prophesying the exact date of the destruction of the Temple", I assumed there was such a reference when you said:
    But I must have misunderstood you. :embarassed:
     
  20. Mister Emu

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    We are all biased.
     
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