It Is Written and Rewritten

It Is Written and Rewritten February 27, 2014

Bruce Gerencser shared another Answers in Genesis cartoon that seems to get things backwards. The Bible has been written and rewritten. There is evidence that individual texts made use of earlier sources, and that authors like the Chronicler or Luke used one or more texts now included in the Bible as sources. The texts were then copied, and did not remain entirely unchanged in that process.

While scientists do revise their conclusions, the evidence they study does not change, unless new evidence comes to light. And suggesting that having new information is a bad thing, or that changing one’s mind in light of new evidence is a bad thing, is clearly advocating dogmatism instead of education.

And so there is indeed a choice to be made. You must decide whether to revise your views in light of evidence and careful investigation, or stick to a stance based on your fallible human understanding of texts that were authored, written, and copied by fallible human beings.

And you must decide whether you are going to allow yourself to be duped by cartoons that clearly misrepresent the choice that you need to make.

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  • R Vogel

    I find it interesting how often I encounter the same argument from anti-theists who like to point out that Christian thought has evolved over the years so Christianity must nonsense….

    • limey

      That’s because Christians claim that god’s word is unchanging and inerrant. Claims that are refutable by showing it has changed and is in error.

      • R Vogel

        Thanks for being a perfect example of my point. Clearly I consider myself Christian and do not consider the bible unchanging or inerrant, as is Dr McGrath, and I’ll wager virtually every blogger in the Progressive Christian channel of this sight.

  • Your readers know I don’t agree with the cartoons, yes? 🙂

  • “It is written” … from what I’ve read, the devil uses those words, too.

  • Ian Wragg

    I think that the whole “Creationist” thing about choosing the bible over Evolution misses the point.

    The biblical creation texts are not an argument for “Special Creation” over and against “Evolution”. Seriously, why would a bunch of ancient Hebrews/Israelites be concerned about something that never really concerned anyone until the middle of the 19th century?

    I think that it does make some sense of the text to see it (at least partly) as an argument for Israel’s national deity as the one and only deity who is responsible for the whole created order including humans.

    The various elements of the created order i.e Sun, Moon, Sky and Stars along with Salty waters, Fresh waters, and animals are not gods to be feared or worshipped but objects created by the one true god. All of which is expressed through an ancient Hebrew world view.

    There is no Science to see here.