Originally Posted by faustian bargain
but isn't it a problem? it certainly is a problem to those who say the bible is the infallible, inerrant word of god. sure there are plenty of christians who take the biblical stories as nice metaphors, which is as it should be. but there are plenty more who believe it is history, that its words are the literal truth. these are the ones who need to be disabused by Ehrman's provocative writings.
the literalists are wrong, plain and simple. the bible's veracity as a history is in doubt and is far from certain. the bible does not get its meaning from being a history; it gets its meaning from being a collection of good stories. it is the word of man. it is a creation of humans. it describes a human notion of a particular (jewish and christian) god. it describes doctrine which evolved over time. it contains inconsistencies and contradictions.
why is the quest for truth so threatening?
The quest for truth isn't threatening to me. I believe it leads to the Bible. You're the one who seems to have a problem with that. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and life. No one comes to Father but through Me." Either that's true or not.
If you actually believe in such a thing as truth qua
truth then there is
a right answer. I believe the Bible is it. You have not come to that conclusion. Enjoy your quest. If you do not arrive at the Bible then we disagree, and one or both of us is wrong. Such is the nature of truth.
As for inerrant word of God, the autographs, ie, the original writings, were inspired. There is no such thing as an inspired translation. However, I have confidence in the transmission and translation process. The overall evidence leads me to that conclusion, as does my confidence that the God who created the universe can handle protecting His word.
What appears to be threatening to several here is that there are people who have confidence in God and Scripture.