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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

How can anyone legitimately say that their interpretation is more accurate than others?

If no interpretation is more legitimate than any other, then there are an infinite number of legitimate ways to understand the question.  Thus, I cannot answer it.  But even if I could, there would be an infinite number of legitimate interpretations of whatever answer I gave.  Thus,...


Biblical Prophecy? Give me a break – all these ‘pre-enlightenment folk’ were a dime a dozen. Ever heard of Nostradamus?

First of all, it ought to be pointed out that not much of biblical prophecy is actually predictive in character.  Prophecy, broadly construed, simply referred to a God’s revelation to a particular people as delivered through a particular individual.  The value of predictive prophecy as...


Given that we don’t have the original manuscripts, why would God have allowed variant readings to creep into the textual tradition?

IF he inspired the original authors, doesn’t it stand to reason that he would have inspired the copyists as well? What reason could he possibly have for doing one and not the other? Given that even a skeptic no less an authority than Bart Ehrman admits that the current textual tradition is...


There isn't a single shred of reliable evidence that Yahweh ever existed in any realm than the fruitful imagination of long dead kingships.

Determining Biblical Reliability Through Manuscript Evidence Manuscripts relates to the tests used to determine the reliability of the extant manuscript copies of the original documents penned by the Scripture writers (we do not possess these originals). In determining manuscript reliability...


You say the Bible was ‘inspired’ by God? I say, “Back up your assertion with proof.”

Though there are many ways in which one might attempt to argue for the divine origin of the Bible, one that I find particularly interesting proceeds from what would be the case if the Bible is not the Word of God.  Though atheists often claim that the burden of proof rests with the one making...


The existence of so many Christian denominations indicates the Bible to be inherently unclear. If truly God’s revelation, could we not expect that He would reveal Himself clearly?

As already indicated in previous answers, those who truly seek God will have all that they need in order to be saved. So the question now needs to be recast in terms of why God may not speak with unmistakable clarity to Christians.  While this is up for debate, it should be clear that at this...


So you believe in a book full of contradictions, one that endorses slavery, incest, murder, drowning babies, genocide and stoning homosexuals?

One needs to make a distinction between a record of an event and an endorsement of that same event.  While the Bible certainly records murder, incest, and genocide, it nowhere endorses such things.  Even in the account of the flood we are told that God was grieved over the action (which...


Now if Jesus is God and God cannot be tempted, does it not follow that Jesus cannot be tempted? Yet Matthew 4 clearly presents the temptation of Christ, and thus embroils us in another BIBLICAL CONTRADICTION. Doesn’t it?!

The contradiction disappears once some elementary distinctions are introduced. If God did indeed become incarnate, it follows that we can contrast the properties of God-as-incarnate with the properties of God-as-not-incarnate. The former we may label incarnate divinity (which is human nature +...


I don't believe your book - there are over 1000 errors found in the bible - www.1001errors.com

Ah, yes, Joe Wallack's list of "1001 errors."Every single one of them have been refuted here.You'll note that Mr. Wallack has no inkling how to rebut responses to his list of "1001 errors." This is shown inasmuch as, as of June 2009, his list, though transposed to a new site, has not gone past 737...


Dennis McKinsey single-handedly disproves Biblical inerrancy in his book, "Biblical Errancy" - your team should read it.

You are correct, the issues raised in Biblical Errancy represent a challenge to Bible inerrantists, and religion in general. You are incorrect in stating he "single-handedly disproves Biblical inerrancy." He is entirely refuted here. What we hope to accomplish within this site is to...