Can we still believe the Bible? : an evangelical engagement by Craig Blomberg

By Craig Blomberg

"Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature usually been addressed. notwithstanding, a few of these demanding situations are appreciably extra universal this day, and the subject is at present of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg deals an available and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability based on the extraordinary perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated through either side of the Read more...

summary: "Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature often been addressed. even if, a few of these demanding situations are considerably extra universal this day, and the subject is at present of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg deals an available and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in accordance with the intense perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated by way of either side of the talk. He believes cautious research of the suitable facts exhibits we now have cause to be extra convinced within the Bible than ever ahead of. As he lines his personal educational and non secular trip, Blomberg sketches out the case for self belief within the Bible inspite of a variety of demanding situations to the trustworthiness of Scripture, supplying a good, knowledgeable, and defensible approach."--Publisher description

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67 The contrast in the amount of textual evidence for the canonical Christian works could scarcely be greater. If we cannot say with confidence that we have the ability to reconstruct a biblical text that is overwhelmingly likely to be very, very close to the original texts of the books of Scripture, then to be consistent we should discard all ancient writings on any topic as being far more suspect and plead total agnosticism concerning the original contents of any documents produced before the breakthrough of Gutenberg’s printing press in about 1440!

So they create myths by which they deceive themselves into thinking they have attained the certainty that in fact does not and cannot exist. But if we failed to act until we could prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that every chair would hold us up, every gas station we stopped at would have fuel, and every home we considered living in was utterly fireproof, we would never sit down, our cars’ gas tanks would all be empty, and we would live out-of-doors in tents! But it means that we can move on to the question of their trustworthiness in ways that we couldn’t if we weren’t even sure what they first wrote.

Intriguingly, a better case could be made for a remarkably carefully preserved textual tradition with the MT for the Old Testament, but KJV-only people actually talk less about that portion of Scripture. Still, even within the manuscripts of the MT, there remain a host of very minor variants. Did God not want any of these people to have an equally reliable copy or translation of his word? 81 Most Muslims think this makes the Qur ’an superior to the Bible. Merely venerating the words of a text in a language one cannot understand, because they are supposedly identical to those given by God in an ancient culture, can hardly by itself make one religion or its holy book superior to another.

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