I came across this article and thought it was quite interesting, especially from a mainstream source like the Washington Post.
I think it is a great example of cognitive dissonance. And the comments (for example one commenter says: “the Bible itself prophesied attacks on the Bible–indeed they are a sign“) make it even better as a lesson in ignoring facts which contradict previously held beliefs.
[Originally posted at: WashingtonPost.com]
Vanderbilt University student Katherine Precht knows what skeptical scholars say about the Bible: It’s full of errors, contradictions and a murky historical record.
Still, none of that has shaken her Christian faith.
That’s because Precht embraces a big-picture view of biblical truth. For her, it means the Bible speaks truth on ultimate things, such as Creation and salvation.
“Sure, there may be contradictions, [but] God was working through the scribes who put it together,” said Precht, a United Methodist from Montgomery, Ala. “Even though [the Scripture] is 2,000 years old, I see it alive and living . . . in friends, in Christians, in the world.”
As Christians prepare to mark Easter, the culmination of the holiest week of the year, many are mindful of hard-to-ignore critiques that would deem creeds and Scripture, at best, untrustworthy and at worst, downright false. Many have heard “Jesus Wars” author Philip Jenkins insist their beliefs are merely the result of ancient politicking. Still, they trust what the Gospels say about Jesus’s last days, despite the doubts of biblical scholars like Bart D. Ehrman, whose public questioning has made him a best-selling author.
Christians aren’t necessarily dismissing the research of naysayer scholars. Many just think conclusions have been way overblown — sometimes by scholars with an anti-faith agenda.
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