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Featured Contradictions in the Bible

Discussion in 'Scriptural Debates' started by rrobs, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. exchemist

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    So presumably you think there is a only a 50:50 chance of getting to your destination when you fly, right? ;)

    Seriously, though, you are placing a lot of weight on this 50:50 ratio. How do you arrive at it? In particular, what criteria do you use to claim something is "proven false"? Most scientific knowledge grows by extension from what went before. So even when a theory is superseded for some purposes, the earlier one survives for a more limited field of application.

    Is Newtonian mechanics "proven false", in your analysis, by the advent of relativity? Without understanding how you handle that, we would be right to be highly suspicious of this 50:50ratio of yours.
     
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  2. rrobs

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    Any comments on the content of the OP?
     
  3. Dan From Smithville

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    Any responses to your immediate claims about science? References citing that 'proof' exists in science, that half of science has been disproven or that analysis cannot be applied to the Bible? Recall that your OP suggests an analysis of the Bible.
     
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    I did in fact do some research to come up with the 50/50 figure. It's just how it is. Now I understand that most of what we know to be wrong were things from hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. After all, scientists thought the earth was flat at one time. That would be included in the 50% wrong column. But is it right to think that in our modern time we have arrived at the apex of scientific knowledge? I would guess that is exactly what the flat earth scientists thought in their day. And yes I understand that we continue to learn and perfect our ideas. The scriptures mention something about that:

    2Tim 3:7,

    Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    Perhaps I should not have brought up the whole science thing anyway. It really has nothing to do with the OP, but things definitely have a way of going sideways in forums. I try to avoid it, but sometimes I just forget myself.

    Do you have any comments on the actual content of the OP? Why might any of the points I mentioned not be helpful in clearing up apparent contradictions in the Bible?
     
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    Nope, no response on my part. You?
     
  6. Dan From Smithville

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    Some people thought the world was flat. Not all people and not all of them were scientists. Of course, you are stretching science a bit too, in order to fulfill your claim.

    The Bible supports a flat Earth. Science has revealed to us that the Earth is not flat. So you are listing the Bible in the 50% wrong column too.
    You are presenting an analysis procedure that you claim eliminates 99% of the known contradictions. I do not see a record that would indicate that level of success or any level of success, but I have seen examples offered that defy your protocol.
    They are not very rigorous and examples that fall outside of them have already been offered.
     
  7. Dan From Smithville

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    So you are not going to defend your claims about science. Then we are agreed, they can be dismissed without further comment as meaningless and unsupported. Good.
     
  8. Subduction Zone

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    That is from years of debate. It does not take too long to see who can reason rationally and admit when they are wrong and those that can't. Fundies seem to think that they have to deny being wrong, they can see their beliefs unraveling if they admit to any reality at all.

    They think that they do. I am not going to play the No True Scotsman game.
     
  9. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    Well, as you might have gathered by now, I have also read the scriptures, but with a different world-view than yours. I have also read a great deal else, besides, including the great philosophers from the ancient Greeks right down to the philosophers still writing today. And I take from all of that the good that I find, and I dispute what I do not find good.

    And of course, in trying to learn more about humanity, I have also read fiction, poetry and plays -- tons and tons of it, from Aeschylus and Sophocles and the Greeks, Apuleius and the Romans, through Sheridan, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and Ibsen, the Brontes, Harper Lee and on and on and on. I read endlessly. And again, I learn about humanity, how we are driven, the ways we can be misguided, and I use what I find to be good, and I discard what I don't.

    The problem for so many religious people is what others have said before -- that the scriptures, which are the works of human beings, contain a lot that's good, some that's very, very bad (murdering children, no matter how you try to justify it), and a lot that's story -- some true and some not true -- and myth. There's philosophy (Ecclesiastes), and there's even erotic poetry (Song of Solomon), just to lighten the tone. And religious people try to turn all of that hodge-podge into something they claim to be able to use in its totality as a "guide to life."

    For myself, it's just not enough. I can't see it.
     
  10. Subduction Zone

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    Even though peer reviewed articles are wrong quite often even the failures lead to growth in knowledge. Scientists that work in the field are not afraid to put their ideas out there. We do not see that with creationists. I cannot remember the last time that a creationist came up with a testable hypothesis for their beliefs. When an idea is shown to be wrong scientists quite often learn from their mistakes. That is still a good thing. Creationists strive for the untestable. Their ideas fall into the realm of "Not even wrong". In other words they probably are wrong, but since the idea cannot be tested there is no evidence for it either way. No advance in science is made by them.
     
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    Oh yeah. Me too also not either
     
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    I am actually spending some time going through your OP. When I have something I think is a worthy response, I will post it. In the meantime, there are the claims of the additional posts to consider and address.
     
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    No.... they didn't think the earth was flat.. There have always been hills, and valleys, mountains, deserts, rivers and caves.
     
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    I think that we have to take this in context. By "flat" one means not a sphere. Or a cylinder. More like a pizza, which are not "flat" either.
     
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    OH... silly me.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    But even then, we certainly can't say that most "ancient scientists" thought the earth was flat. Eratosthenes (276-195/4 BCE) managed a fairly good (for the time) estimate of the circumference of the earth, knowing, as he did, that it had a circumference. He made the (quite good) assumption that the sun's rays striking the earth were essentially parallel (another really good guess), and then measuring the angle of incidence a known distance apart north-to-south. (He also pretty accurately described the tilt in the earth's axis.
     
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    Doesn't say God lies. Says God sent a lying spirit to those who rejected the Truth.

    Good-Ole-Rebel
     
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    Yes, the one that would happen for sure is the second one, with God. No problem there.

    Good-Ole-Rebel
     
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    No, you are.

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    No.

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