Opinion section of the paper and my response

November 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm (Uncategorized)

This is a response to the discussion between the articles “Bible good for soul”, “Bible article misguided”, and “Bible response letter is itself unreasonable”. I must ask Professor Zingrone to forgive me when I say that he did not hit the issues hard enough. I also must say that Whitaker has taken unnecessary focus on the issues of Prof. Zingrone’s response. The contradictions Prof. Zingrone is referring to is that of a response to divine authorship. I will point out that the earliest complete collection of Biblical canon is that of the Dead Sea scrolls. There are over 18,000 differences between the Dead Sea scrolls and today’s current compilation of the Bible. This automatically brings up the subject of contradictions between the separate transcribed editions of the texts.

Whitaker also fails to refute Prof. Zingrone’s claims of pseudepigrapha of the Gospels. It has been generally agreed upon that the earliest copies of the synoptic Gospels have been dated between 60 and 115 CE, over twenty-five years after the Biblical recordings of Jesus’s crucifixion. The story of Jesus himself is a fairly new and alien creation of Judaism’s most dangerous and power-greedy representatives. There is much evidence to support that the Biblical Jesus did not exist, including, but not limited to the inexistence of Nazareth as a city in the first century CE (a refutation of Oller’s claim that “Luke… is arguably the most reliable historian of his time, accurately naming 95 places”), the absence of a mention of Jesus in the Dead Sea scrolls, and the evolution of the Biblical resurrection story. This alone should raise the skeptical eye when rereading today’s Bible.

In the words of PZ Myers, “the Bible is an evolving mess of over-interpreted poetry and tribal stories and crackpot history.” Given the ironic title of “unreasonable”, I must admit I find Whitaker’s point of view unreasonable. The Bible is no longer necessary, in comparison with that of ancient times, as a moral guide to living a peaceful life.

If you would like to download the newspaper .pdfs and article pics (which were in this typed response), here you go: http://www.mediafire.com/?njyjyw0ydqw.

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3 Comments

  1. Brad Wallace said,

    Nicely done. I think that a more powerful response would include:

    the 99.5% translation accuracy can’t be valid as we don’t know what the writers’ idiomatic expressions meant and other grammatical sequences which means you can’t place a valid statistic on that claim;

    more examples of contradictions;

    state that people find non-religious paths to “salvation” including service to others and other selfless acts.

    • cw1925 said,

      I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the input.

  2. cw1925 said,

    To no one’s surprise, it didn’t get published. Oh well.

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