Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Belfast Telegraph of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The title is The Bible was not written by philosophers, but by multiple authors inspired by the divine, and we don’t see any comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Donald. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
I refer to Brian McClinton’s letter (Write Back, June 21) regarding the Bible and philosophy.
He’s talking about this: The Bible Is Dogma and not Philosophy, which disagrees with one of Donald’s earlier letters. Donald strongly disagrees and says:
Biblical authors were not writing as philosophers, but were inspired by God. [Ooooooooooooh!] His purpose was to reveal himself and the way of salvation to mankind. However, their work embraces subjects addressed by philosophers.
Donald goes on to vigorously defend his position. He tells us:
Accepting the Bible as God’s truth is not blind faith. [Really?] It was written over a period of 1,600 years by 40 authors, yet the central theme is remarkably consistent: the messiah promised immediately after the fall of man. This was fulfilled in Jesus, who had all He said vindicated by his resurrection. The historical grounds for believing this have been set forth by philosopher Dr William Lane Craig.
There ya go — it’s not blind faith at all! As for Craig, we wrote about his reasoning here: Fox Offers “Five Reasons Why God Exists”. Donald continues with even more arguments why the bible is true:
Contrary to Dr Nick Canning’s claim (Write Back, June 25) that theology is impervious to facts, they are actually complementary. It was through examining the latest scientific discoveries that the late professor of philosophy, Antony Flew, abandoned atheism.
We didn’t search for Canning’s letter, but as for Antony Flew, he was an atheist who did a flip-flop, which thrilled the Discoveroids — see Dembski: The Collapse of Darwin’s Berlin Wall. Somehow, that’s another bit of powerful evidence for Donald.
And that’s not all! As further evidence, Donald cites yet another atheist who changed his mind. Here it is:
During his early studies, Alister McGrath, of Belfast, concluded that science could explain everything and God did not exist. But while reading books on the philosophy of science, he found that his belief was on shaky ground. During his degree course, he explored Christianity and is now a theologian.
Hey — McGrath changed his mind, so why don’t you?
Donald ends his letter with a bible quote, so this is where we’ll leave him — fully convinced that the evidence is on his side. And what about you, dear reader? Why aren’t you convinced?
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