As a follow-up to Do You have a Reference for Your Beliefs, here’s a great (and troubling, and exciting) example of challenges to the bible, excerpted from The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 4, from October 2000:
Does this make it clear to you that the bible can’t be used as a reference? Or, does it create a desire to understand more? I choose the latter. Taking short excerpts, individually, is a great way to prove almost anything “because the bible says so.” What other books or references do we do that with? Have you tried it with the U. S. Constitution? (Politicians sure do!)
I used to dislike this word, along with most other “theology” words. Then I discovered it’s not a theology word! It’s a philosophy word. This word effectively asks three questions:
- WHAT do you believe?
- WHY do you believe it?
- How STRONGLY do you believe it?
Back to the Bible and Christianity, the author of A Manual for Creating Atheists believes he can talk most Christians out of Christianity pretty easily. How well would your faith stand up to such a conversation?