Conversation with Richard Dawkins and biblical scholar John Huddlestun (College of Charleston). The significance of historical evidence, and how to view texts is discussed – not to mention accuracy of the bible in the 30 odd minutes.
A quick ten minute segment featuring Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at my alma mater University of Exeter talking about bible fact. Dawkins is there as well.
The thing that comes out from both videos is how, even with archeological and academic evidence, people will partition how they feel about the text from what we actually know about its accuracy, and what we do not have evidence for. The fall back for the other two guests from what both academics are saying in the videos is this is the truth for me, or relying on outdated scholarship (as in no access to new evidence, new ways of researching, or vigorous peer review) to back their belief in biblical historical inerrancy.
No issue that you can find the biblical story of David moving and meaningful without concerning yourself whether he actually existed or did the things claimed. As long as you do not claim how you feel about the text makes it historically true or the scholarship of Stavrakopoulou is biased as “radical skepticism”.
Because them be fighting words my dear bishop.
Us lovers of scrutiny, inquiry and cats will pursue things as they are or can be known rather than wish them to be.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog