Biblical inerrancy

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'''Biblical inerrancy''' is the doctrine that the [[Bible]] is completely correct, or at least that it was completely correct in the original manuscripts.
 
'''Biblical inerrancy''' is the doctrine that the [[Bible]] is completely correct, or at least that it was completely correct in the original manuscripts.
  
This belief is surprisingly common, especially among [fundamentalists].
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This belief is surprisingly common, especially among [[fundamentalists]].
  
 
==Counter-arguments==
 
==Counter-arguments==
  
 
# There are many contradictions in the Bible, many of them very hard to dispute. [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html Here is a big list], and [http://www.atheists.org/christianity/contradictions.html here is a smaller one].
 
# There are many contradictions in the Bible, many of them very hard to dispute. [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html Here is a big list], and [http://www.atheists.org/christianity/contradictions.html here is a smaller one].
 
 
# The Bible is clearly inconsistent with scientific observations. The [[Genesis]] account of [[Creation]] is only the beginning. Take Job 38:22-23, for example. God is quoted as saying, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?" We now know how snow and hail form, and it doesn't involve storehouses or war.
 
# The Bible is clearly inconsistent with scientific observations. The [[Genesis]] account of [[Creation]] is only the beginning. Take Job 38:22-23, for example. God is quoted as saying, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?" We now know how snow and hail form, and it doesn't involve storehouses or war.
 
 
# The Bible is at least guilty of glossing over rounding error. By simple arithmetic we can arrive at the [[Biblical value of pi]]: three. Not 3.14, not 3.1415926536, not "a little more than three"; simply three.
 
# The Bible is at least guilty of glossing over rounding error. By simple arithmetic we can arrive at the [[Biblical value of pi]]: three. Not 3.14, not 3.1415926536, not "a little more than three"; simply three.

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Biblical inerrancy is the doctrine that the Bible is completely correct, or at least that it was completely correct in the original manuscripts.

This belief is surprisingly common, especially among fundamentalists.

Counter-arguments

  1. There are many contradictions in the Bible, many of them very hard to dispute. Here is a big list, and here is a smaller one.
  2. The Bible is clearly inconsistent with scientific observations. The Genesis account of Creation is only the beginning. Take Job 38:22-23, for example. God is quoted as saying, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?" We now know how snow and hail form, and it doesn't involve storehouses or war.
  3. The Bible is at least guilty of glossing over rounding error. By simple arithmetic we can arrive at the Biblical value of pi: three. Not 3.14, not 3.1415926536, not "a little more than three"; simply three.
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