Bible Contradictions

by Luke Muehlhauser on April 26, 2010 in Bible,Funny

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Justfinethanks April 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Good stuff. NSC has a real talent for making counter apologetics punchy and entertaining.

When dealing with people who argue for inerrancy I think its usually best to whip out the numerical contradictions, because it’s a lot more difficult to concoct crazy harmonizations for hard numbers.

Like the following:

“Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem”

-2 Chronicles 36:9

“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.”

-2 Kings 24:8

When faced with this, inerrantists usually admit that the Bible is indeed errant, but they give the error a name that they think allows them to maintain inerrancy: “copyist error.”

Once that happens, the conversation bizarrely stops being about WHETHER or NOT an error in the Bible exists. That has been pretty obviously established. Instead, it becomes about whether or not this error counts. In other words, as long as it’s possible that the original autographs weren’t in error, but the Bible we have now is, then the error doesn’t count against inerrancy. But that is of course a crazy qualification, because there existed another account that said that Jehoiachin was a giraffe wrestler who was fifty when he began to reign and reigned for forty days and forty nights, they could just claim that the ORIGINAL had the correct information. Inerrancy has no meaning and can’t be challenged with an ACTUAL ERROR.

They think that they can maintain inerrancy even if the Bible we have is in error, as long as the sort of perfect ideal of the Bible (which we have no access to) isn’t. It’s just madness, and even if Christianity is true, I don’t know why inerrancy is a intellectually respectable position amongst Christians in the age of


Bill Maher April 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

he likes to name his characters after famous christians. I am pretty sure Craig is a reference to Dr. WLC


Rhys Wilkins April 27, 2010 at 2:49 am

NSC does it again!

Pure genius.


Derrida April 27, 2010 at 3:43 am

Hmm. I think “Ken” must be an allusion to Ken Ham.

I wonder if there are any Christians who use dialtheism, the thesis that some statements can be both true and false, to defend Biblical Inerrantism.

Of course, anything and everything follows from a contradiction, so if the Bible is inerrant, and does contradict itself, then all religious claims are true. Ergo, Biblical Inerrantists should be religious pluralists.


drj April 27, 2010 at 4:33 am

That was hilarious! One of the best ones yet.


Erika April 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

I have been reading through the Bible (and blogging it!), and it amazes me how obvious the contradictions are. I am not trying to find them; I am just relying on my memory. Despite that, I still find myself frequently noticing the contradictions.


Silver Bullet April 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I think that one is my favourite.


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