A Christian turned skeptic set out on the laborious task of showing that the bible is not inerrant, not the word of a loving God, and the reason for faith is largely because people don’t actually read the bible or teach all of it. Here’s a blurb from the author:

“The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible (SAB) attempts to remedy this imbalance. It includes the entire text of the King James Version, but without the pro-Bible propaganda. Instead, passages are highlighted that are an embarrassment to the Bible-believer, and the parts of the Bible that are never read in any Church, Bible study group, or Sunday School class are emphasized. For it is these passages that test the claims of the Bible-believer. The contradictions and false prophecies show that the Bible is not inerrant; the cruelties, injustices, and insults to women, that it is neither good nor just.”

Have a look at the full site here. The author put in quite some time and effort into this project. There’s even a random verse from the bible displayed on the homepage that could be troubling for some believers. Through and through, it’s all pretty elaborate. He divides his arguments up by category, even! To his credit, he even links the Christian response to his website, a response that took seven years to complete. See the rebuttal to SAB here.

In this back and forth, it’s presupposed that truth, rationality, morality, and consistency are all of the utmost importance. What worldview gives the basis to account for any of that? Why is the outcome of examining the bible for errors or atrocities of any relevance? These two authors have all the same information and are coming to differing conclusions. What does this mean about the problem that remains? Who’s being consistent with their worldview in this debate?

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Skeptics Annotated Bible

  1. I agree that far too many Christians believe in a fairy tale and that they really don’t know the Bible at all.

    Nevertheless, if you give me just a few offending Bible verses I will be glad to explain them too you.

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  2. Obadya,

    You made a claim that certain Bible verses are not read in Christian churches because they are a cause for embarrassment.

    I am asking that you support such a claim by providing examples.

    In fact, your claims about the Bible are not made by someone who is still learning, but by someone who as made up their mind.

    Are you a liar?

    Or are you willing to subject your claims to further examination?

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      1. Only a subscription will suffice. Lol! Having someone that’s willing to speak up and correct me when I’m wrong will just make me a better representative of the faith and a better writer. 🙂

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