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Author Topic:   Tentativity and The Bible
DWIII
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01-16-2012 8:57 AM


Creationists presume Biblical inerrancy and/or completeness and certainty. Scientists recognize the value of tentativity. Which is a better method for understanding the nature of the Bible (and, as an aside, the world around us)?
What fundamentalists call "The Bible" has many of the earmarks of having been a work in progress, even though it is now considered by them frozen in completed form, which either stands together or falls together as one monolithic whole.
Is examining the Bible in scientific terms (i.e., determining its origins, previous sources, history of formation, superfluous accretions, implied missing bits, and so on) somehow considered verboten and/or sacrilegious? Paul himself said (in 1 Thessalonians 5:21):
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Test all things, hold fast what is good.
"Testing all things" is the very foundation of scientific inquiry. Why should any aspect of the Bible itself be exempt?

DWIII

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