Re: How factual are second-hand translations?

From: John Clark (
Date: Sat Jan 05 2002 - 23:16:59 MST

Geraint Rees <> Wrote:

>Many Christians that I know believe that the Bible is literally revealed truth.
>However there are basic textual problems with this, such as inconsistencies
>between different gospels in the timing of events, that mean that the
>entirety of the Bible cannot be literal truth in that sense.

Sure the Bible and the Koran are full of contradictions so there is
no way they can be literally true, in fact I don't think either book is true
in any sense, however this in no way prevents several billion people,
probably the majority of the human race in fact, from being absolutely
positively 100% certain that every word in them is correct.

I quote Lewis Carroll:

"There's no use trying," Alice said: "one CAN'T believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said The Red Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things
before breakfast."

      John K Clark

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