are atheists cleverer than theists? Aug 12, 2010 12:01:57 GMT
Post by gymnopodie on Aug 12, 2010 12:01:57 GMT
And what do you make of educated christian responses to claims of contradiction like those? You do realise that, having read the Bible quite a lot, Christian scholars have been aware of these issues for hundreds of years, don't you? I take it you have investigated and critiqued common solutions to these 'contradictions', yes?
Are you saying that the average Christian down through the centuries was aware of those discrepancies? Were there times when the clergy discouraged personal Bible reading or study? Were there times when certain books and certain versions of the Bible were banned by the orthodox church? Are there still Christian churches existing today where the clergy is essentially the only ones reading or using the Bible?
Would it be accurate to say that there are Christian churches that believe their church's doctrines are more correct than the Bible, that the Bible is only an addition or supplement to their church's more correct and accurate beliefs?
I would find it most difficult to believe that most Christians are aware of the Bible's discrepancies. Most of what Christians know about the history of Jesus is what they are taught - not what they have personally read and examined for themselves.
The Jehovah's Witnesses (I am an ex-JW) believe that there are no discrepancies in the Bible. They have an explanation for most of them, and the ones for which they have no explanation, they simply say that there can't be a contradiction because the Bible contains no contradictions. My guess is that if you read the JW's explanations of the contradictions, you would think they were ludicrous, whereas your church's explanations are correct. The reality though is that what is correct for you is in what version of Christianity you believe.