Now, You Can Sort Biblical Contradictions by Book and Type

Earlier in the week, I posted about a wonderful website from programmer Daniel G. Taylor called BibViz. It showed you all the biblical contradictions in one easy-to-see visualization and allowed you to click on specific ones for more information.

Daniel is improving the site daily and the latest iteration of it allows you to sort the contradictions by color, by the book in the Bible, and by the type of contradiction we’re talking about.

Here’s what I found when I selected the Book of Matthew, filtered for contradictions about Jesus, and sorted those contradictions by color:

Seriously amazing. I can’t wait to see what features Daniel adds next.

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  • ShoeUnited

    Actually, since you first posted it I’ve found it to be an invaluable resource.
    A friend just yesterday who is a hard hitting conservative christian made a post on facebook:
    “To quote an LDS member tonight – “I can honestly deny the inerrancy of the
    Book of Mormon.” I don’t understand how anyone can stand behind a book
    that they themselves admit has errors. Where can a foundation of Truth
    possibly lie in that kind of context?”

    Which I ignored. Even though I wanted to jump down his neck. But watching the conversation made him say:
    “If there are any inaccuracies in the Bible, then there is no point in being a Christian. Christ died for nothing.”

    To which I then gave the wonderful link to http://www.bibviz.com (with a few salty words to say on my own behalf about pissing in his own soda) :D So far he has ‘liked’ my comment but him and his xian friends have said nothing on the topic since.

    • Rain

      “If there are any inaccuracies in the Bible, then there is no point in being a Christian. Christ died for nothing.”

      Doesn’t even make sense. Non-sequitur.

      • Rain

        Mean thumbs downer people!

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          Downvoted cause it amuses me. Suffer, heathen!

        • Rain

          Whoops I forgot that thumbs downers get their “jollies” when people complain whine lol. Whahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

    • Tobias2772

      Shoe,
      The line about pissing in your own soda made me laugh out loud. I had never heard that one before. Down here we say shitting in your own nest.

      • FaithIsGlorifiedDelusion

        Piss in soda = Mountain Dew

      • Jim Jones

        If you piss in the soup you can increase the quantity. It doesn’t, however, increase the quality.

        • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

          That depends on the soup.

          • Discordia

            PMSL

      • Randay

        Some peoples save their urine after they have taken hallucinogenic plants like peyote because there is still some of the active ingredients in it. So they drink it.

  • qp3

    Talking about contradictions…

    One of God’s 10 most important commandments: Thou shalt not kill.

    Is it just me who thinks it’s funny God’s amazing plan involves humans breaking that commandment?

    • Hat Stealer

      God knows what a shitty job he did creating humans, and he likes to plan in advance based on that fact.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        Very ironic given how the Anti-Woman crowd can’t understand that very thing when it’s explained to them why reproductive health planning is necessary, eh?

    • Pisk_A_Dausen

      I discussed that point with Jehova’s Witnesses the other day. (Okay, so my argument was more “I don’t much care for worshipping a genocidal maniac”.) The answer is that it’s okay if God performs/orders/plans the killing, because he’s perfect.

      Next time, I’ll ask what definition of “perfect” they use. I’m guessing it’s God’s definition.

      • qp3

        Wonder what would happen if God ordered you to kill someone, and you use your God given free will and refused? Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t? If you don’t follow the order you have to face God’s wrath I guess…. and if you do, you have to live with the fact you’ve taken someone elses life… But either case you still have to deal with the fact that the being you love most told you to do such a horrible thing.

        • Makoto

          Hrmmm… but it’s an order, so you have to get ready to do it, at least. If god wasn’t serious about the killing, he’ll step in at the last moment and say “hey, just joking around, it’s cool.. go kill a couple of doves or something in my honor instead”. If he was serious, you’d follow through, then he’d reward you with some more wives, or maybe make you a king if you weren’t already.

          Gotta use your free will to decide to follow orders and hope for the best, I suppose. And hope that he’s real, otherwise the authorities might just lock you up for that kind of behavior.

        • Spuddie

          If you take the lessons from the Abraham/Isaac sacrifice story as it was intended, you are supposed to refuse.

          Abraham actually failed the test God gave him when he was willing to sacrifice his child (like every idolator would). It was a trick question. Christians don’t really pick up on that.

  • Cybershaman

    I wonder if it is possible to submit corrections; that is, if you find any. I am sure there are certain individuals out there going through this thing with a fine toothed comb so it would be nice to be able to help in a positive way…

    • Cybershaman

      PS: Even if a certain contradiction is debatable, it would be nice if a visitor could view information of the debate. Just a thought. :)

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        Like Wikiforums, for example? I could see the appeal.

      • ShoeUnited

        Well if you follow the topics, some of them have Christian rebuttals at the bottom of the individual citations.

        • Cybershaman

          Ah! I see! Thanks for pointing that out! :)

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      I think you may be giving them too much credit by calling it a “fine-toothed comb”. Mostly it will be more of a “lump hammer dropped on their own foot.” Experience suggests they’ll find maybe two contradictions actually explainable by metaphor, then complain about those from now on and ignore the 200 they couldn’t explain away.

      • Cybershaman

        I agree. Yep indeed. So then we can answer with that and point out the ridiculousness of it all. Wheels within wheels… ;)

    • http://programmer-art.org/ Daniel G. Taylor

      I’m definitely open to user contributions and corrections, just get in touch! The entire thing is open source and up on Github:

      https://github.com/danielgtaylor/bibviz

      Originally all the data came from the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, but I’m not opposed to a hand-curated list.

      I’m also working with several people to translate the site into various languages, as well as taking a look at other holy books.

      • UWIR

        I’m confused as to what the arcs represent.

        • http://programmer-art.org/ Daniel G. Taylor

          Each arc links two verses or groups of verses. So for example, if Gen 1:4, Ex 1:2 and Deut 2:1-3 contradicted each other you would see two arcs. The first arc would go from Gen 1:4 to Ex 1:2. The second would be between Ex 1:2 and Deut 2:1-3. Hovering the mouse over either arc will highlight both, and clicking either arc will show all three groups of verses.

          I’ll be adding a sort of “about” page to the site in the near future that should help explain stuff like this :-)

          • AtoZ

            Daniel — Thank you so much for all the time and hard work you have put into this project; and to offer it to us for ‘free’ is just wonderful. Can’t imagine very many xians offering something like this for nothing. Great work and thanks again. Plan to use this feature a lot in my retirement years.

          • Cybershaman

            Seconded. Thank you for such a useful and valuable tool. :)

          • UWIR

            So, if there is an arc between Gen 1:4 – Ex 1:2 and Ex 1:2 – Deut 2:1-3, but not Gen 1:4 – Deut 2:1-3, is there any significance to the last arc not being there? Or, assuming you’re familiar with graph theory terminology, given a set of vertices that represent a set of conflicting verses, do the arcs form a Hamiltonian path, and if so, does the choice of which Hamiltonian path to use have any significance, or do you just pick one based on aesthetics?

            Also, is there any way to enable right-click-open-in-a-new-tab? Or even have the text of the verses appear underneath the graphic?

            As for the content, any project of this nature is going to be problematic, as you’re going to get a spectrum from flat-out contradiction to pedantic nitpicks. For instance, the “was Jonah swallowed by a fish or a whale” is a matter of translation, and from what I recall, the Book of Jonah was written in Hebrew, and Matthew was written in Aramaic. The fact that Hebrew and/or Aramaic don’t have the same taxonomy as English isn’t very significant.

            • http://programmer-art.org/ Daniel G. Taylor

              Yes, each contradiction forms an undirected Hamiltonian path, with the order of vertices determined by the order they appear on the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible site and the arcs drawn by doing something like `for n in [0...verts.length - 2]: drawArc(verts[n], verts[n + 1])`. This renders them seemingly at random, and you can see many examples that have overlapping arcs as well as many that do not. I’ve made no effort to sort them based on absolute chapter location, but it could be done and might be interesting as it would produce the smallest arcs possible.

              The right-click option sounds like a good idea. I’ll look into adding that or something similar shortly.

  • Dave G.

    As was pointed out a hundred times in the last post, a devastating assault on that particular branch of Christianity known as Protestant fundamentalist literalism. For the rest of the overwhelming Christian tradition? Nope. I was amazed at how many posting on the last thread didn’t seem to understand the differences. As if they were that unschooled about the very subject they were commenting on.

    • Ibis3

      No, I’m pretty sure we’re all aware that a majority of Christians are irrational enough to base their religion on a book they already know to be a collection of unreliable, contradictory myths, legends, scientifically proven falsehoods, and spurious nonsense masquerading as history that has no more claim to credibility than the multitude of other religious scriptures, past or present, that humans have also pulled out of their asses and cobbled together.

    • http://programmer-art.org/ Daniel G. Taylor

      “46% percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years… 77% of the adult population identify with a Christian religion.”

      Even if we include Jews, more than half (a majority) of religious adults in the United States believe in a literal creation story from the Bible.


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