Robert Price on his Love for the Bible

by Luke Muehlhauser on September 2, 2010 in Bible,Quotes

Robert Price, from his introduction to The Empty Tomb:

We do not hate the Bible… We do not seek to debunk it, for it is not bunk, any more than the Iliad or Beowulf is bunk…

When we attack the arguments of apologists, we believe ourselves to be doing the same sort of thing our Classicist colleagues would be doing if they had to reckon with an eccentric movement of apologists for the Olympian gods, zealots who wanted to convince people they must believe in Zeus and Achilles. Classicists would rally to the cause precisely because they loved the old texts and did not want to stand by and allow them to be distorted and made to look ridiculous by grotesque demands that they are literally true!

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stamati September 2, 2010 at 5:55 am

Very good quote, and coming from Price, you know it’s from the heart. That man does love his Bible.

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G'DIsraeli September 2, 2010 at 6:25 am

I heard him say this in different words on his last POI podcast interview. I agree that the bible could be lovable, similar to Greek myths.

Speaking of what other people say its becoming more & more well known in the community now (yeah, I’m fond of that word concerning Atheists) concerning a quote from Stephen Hawking’s new book, The Grand Design: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

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Ajay September 2, 2010 at 6:51 am

I’m also interested to read Hawking’s book, but I have to admit that I have absolutely no idea what that quote of his means.

Because a law of gravity exists…ex-nihilo creation is true. It seems like a complete non-sequitur. Maybe they just excerpted a random quote, or took it out of context?

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Sabio Lantz September 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

Excellent quote. NICE pic !

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Hermes September 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

I prefer the classics. Much less baggage.

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G'DIsraeli September 2, 2010 at 7:21 am
Reginald Selkirk September 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Hermes September 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Reginald, and He is much pleased — He can’t help but mention it when we down a flagon at the Ambrosia brew pub on Olympus.

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Joel September 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

The obvious problem with this idea is that the Bible itself refers to at least event (the resurrection of the Messiah) that, by the book’s own profession, if it did not actually happen, Christians are more worthy of pity than anyone else.

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Christopher Wright November 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

That image, by the way, is of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld pantheon — the center god being Blind Io.

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