are atheists cleverer than theists? Aug 14, 2010 3:52:54 GMT
Post by timoneill on Aug 14, 2010 3:52:54 GMT
I used rather more words than that and answered all your questions. I can elaborate if you want.
Where would you suggest that I go from there?
I'd suggest you note that it's "Mithras" or "Mithra" not "Mythra" and that you pick another example. But you might want to work out what exactly you mean by "discrepancies in the Bible" first and what you intend to argue with them. Most of the (fairly poor) anti-Christian stuff on the web is aimed at fundamentalists who take the Bible literally. So I can point out that Matthew's gospel depicts Jesus giving his most famous sermon on a mountain (Matt 5-7) while Luke's depicts him giving what is more or less the same sermon on a plain (Luke 6:17-49). That's a "discrepancy" of sorts.
This might be a bit bothersome for a Biblical literalist (though they usually respond by saying Jesus simply gave more or less the same sermon twice, in two different places), but I can't see too many of the Christians here batting an eyelid at it.
You could also point out that Matthew has Jesus born sometime before 4 BC during the reign of Herod the Great while Luke has it happening ten years later in AD 6, during the census of Publius Sulplicius Quirinius. Again, that might be a problem for a fundie (though they have some contrived and unconvincing ways around it) but no-one here much is going to be bothered by it.
So what kind of "discrepancies" are you trying to highlight and why?