Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What does it take for the Bible to be proved?

Frequently, apologists will make truth claims based on the Bible. I ask how they know it's true. They respond by citing archaeological evidence that shows that cities cited in the Bible were real.

... and? So that particular claim is demonstrated. Claims in books aren't true by association. Each one has to be independently demonstrated.

Let's say that we find an ancient book that's entitled "1000 facts about electricity".

Facts 1 through 999 are confirmed to be accurate statements.
Fact #1000 says, "Electricity comes from Zeus".

Is fact #1000 true because the first 999 are? Of course not. One might be convinced of the veracity of the book by that point, but that's not the same thing as it actually being true.

I decided to whip up an infographic depicting this point, and the apparent absurdly low standards apologists have, regarding the Bible.

Info graphic - Minimum requirements before a book is proved
(Click to enlarge)

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