Bible

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(Christian perspective: divine inspiration)
(Contradictions within the Bible: add various external lists)
Line 23: Line 23:
 
The first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other on the creation of man.
 
The first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other on the creation of man.
 
Gen 1:26 Man was created on the sixth day. Notice the first 5 days god was busy creating animals and plants.
 
Gen 1:26 Man was created on the sixth day. Notice the first 5 days god was busy creating animals and plants.
Gen 2:4-7 Man was created right from the start.  
+
Gen 2:4-7 Man was created right from the start.
 +
 
 +
===External lists===
 +
* http://www.thinkatheist.com/notes/101_Contradictions_in_the_Bible
 +
* http://www.evilbible.com/Biblical%20Contradictions.htm
 +
* http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/inconsistencies.html
 +
* http://home.teleport.com/~packham/bible.htm#CONTRA
  
 
==Additional perspectives==
 
==Additional perspectives==

Revision as of 04:27, 22 October 2011

Wikipedia-logo-en.png
For more information, see the Wikipedia article:

Books of the Bible

The Bible is the name used by Jews and Christians for their differing but overlapping canons of sacred texts. The Bible is believed to be the inspired word of God by Christians and Jews alike.

Contents

Composition

The Jewish and Christian Bibles are actually collections of what were originally a number of independent books. The overwhelming majority of Christians refer to the Bible as the combination of Hebrew Scripture, known to Christians as the Old Testament or First Testament; and the New Testament, which describes the life and message of Jesus. For Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, and some protestants, the Deuterocanonical books — various writings important in the Second-Temple period of Judaism (often regarded by many protestants as the (or part of the) Apocrypha) — are considered to be part of the Old Testament and as such part of the Bible, although they are rejected by many protestants and are not in the Hebrew Bible as accepted in modern Judaism. Some books considered deuterocanonical by Orthodox Churches are considered apocryphal by other Orthodox Churches and/or Catholics. For Jews, the term refers only to the Hebrew Bible, also called the Tanakh, which includes the Five Books of Moses (the Torah) as well as the books of the Prophets and Writings. Both Christians and Jews regard the Bible as the revealed word of God, with widespread variation on its accuracy, interpretation and legitimacy.

Christian perspective

Fundamentalists believe that the Bible is both divinely inspired and inerrant. They claim that every word of the Bible is literally true, except for the parts which are intentionally written as allegories or parables. It is free of contradiction and error. So for example, a Fundamentalist would most likely believe in six-day creation because he believes in the literal truth of Genesis.

Liberal Christians take a more open view of the Bible, often believing that it is "inspired by God" but not inerrant. They may believe that, while the Bible is a good spiritual guide, it is not necessarily meant to be taken literally.

Atheist perspective

Atheists regard the Bible as just a period piece of literature. Its authors may have been sincere when they wrote it, but they were nomadic sheep herders with a narrow perspective on the world. In that sense it is little different than any other ancient text such as The Odyssey: an interesting perspective on the mindset of early cultures, but of questionable accuracy, especially those passages that refer to supernatural events.

The Bible was also written well over a thousand years before the discovery of science, which means that the Bible is nearly irrelevant to any scientific discussion. Not only is the literal story of Genesis completely at odds with modern cosmology, but there are many other scientific errors in the Bible. For instance, there is the Biblical value of pi and the assertion that hares chew their cud.

Contradictions within the Bible

The first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other on the creation of man. Gen 1:26 Man was created on the sixth day. Notice the first 5 days god was busy creating animals and plants. Gen 2:4-7 Man was created right from the start.

External lists

Additional perspectives

There is an excellent resource available at The Skeptic's Annotated Bible.


Unsuitable reading

The Bible contains passages that many people would consider inappropriate for children. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible has topical summaries.

See also

External links


v · d Christianity
Christian beliefs   God · Jesus Christ · Moses · Resurrection · Atonement · Creationism · Sin · Afterlife · Eschatology · Other beliefs
Tenets and dogma   Ten Commandments · Dogma · Rituals · Homosexuality
Holy texts   Bible · Old Testament · New Testament · Gospels · Apocrypha · Ninety-Five Theses · Modern biblical translations
Christian denominations   Catholicism · Anglicanism · Lutheranism · Baptist · Evangelism · Pentecostal · Mormonism · Jehovah's Witnesses · Anabaptists · Oneness Pentecostalism· Adventist· Oriental Orthodox (Miaphysite)· Assyrian Church of the East (Nestorian)·Other denominations
History of Christianity   Overview of early Christianity · Overview of middle Christianity · Overview of modern Christianity
Christianity and politics   Dominionism · America as a Christian nation · Australia as a Christian nation · Separation of church and state · Christianity invented secularism · Blue laws · Notable Christian political parties
Christianity and science   Creation science · Intelligent design · Quantum mysticism · Christianity invented science
Christianity and medicine   Christian Science · Jehovah's Witnesses · Abortion · Contraception · Notable cases of medical negligence due to Christian beliefs
Christianity and Education   Teach the controversy · Abstinence-only sex education · Prayer in school · Religious universities · Theological studies · Comparative religion studies
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
wiki navigation
IronChariots.Org
Toolbox