Is The Bible True?

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William C. Placher in his article, “Is the Bible true?”, attempts to explain to the reader the reasons why we can believe in the Bible. Placher states that to understand how the Bible is true we need to first accept its genres, recognize its attitudes toward historical details, and consider the social context of the language in which it was written. When a person understands the meaning of the Bible they then can trust the Bible as a guide to life, and a way of understanding the world. After reading the article, multiple times, I have come to the conclusion that I do not believe Placher proved his thesis with the points he presented. The article began with Placher discussing the different genres in the Bible and how “different genres have different rules” (924). At first he uses the story of the good Samaritan as an example stating that the reader is able to recognize that the story is fiction, and that it is meant to prove a moral point to the audience. Placher then uses Karl Barth’s word “saga” to describe the genre of Genesis as “pre-historical history” which is different from the eyewitness accounts in 2 Samuel, for example (925). Placer then goes into even more depth about the multiple genres in order to end this section with the point, “to misunderstand the genres is to misinterpret the text” (925). From explaining the genres Placher brings up the subject of the attitudes toward history the authors of the Bible had. In the first paragraph he recognizes that a modern reader expects the Bible to be a “transcript” of the actual events that took place (925). Through the following three paragraphs Placher explains that the reader cannot expect such accuracy from the authors, “we know that the Evangelists were not very exact as... ... middle of paper ... ...as when Placher introduced that attitudes toward history the authors of the Bible had, to me it related to the lecture on inspiration. Placher encourages the reader to not expect the Bible to be an exact replica of the events that took place in the Bible, but that also should not effect one’s belief in the Bible. In the lecture on inspiration the class had to address the fact the Bible does have contradictions and mistakes because it was written by humans and to be content with the view of The Dynamic Theory. The belief that “God is an active agent”, and that the “errors are acceptable but they do not effect our faith or relationship with God” (lecture). All in all I believe that the article does not serve its purpose, to prove the Bible to be true, and that if I were to have an atheist read this article they would have no change at all in their way of thinking.
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