William C. Placher's Is The Bible True?

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William C. Plachers’ article, “Is the Bible True?” explores deeper into the subject of the Bible and if it content it contains is credible information. Through Plachers’ statement, “We need to understand the genre to understand a text. Reading a text literally is not always reading it faithfully,” we are able to reach the idea that the Bible is in fact true, but it all depends on how the individual interprets the text. Placher supports his argument that the Bible is true by alluding certain parts of the Bible to past American Literature. He starts off by explaining the importance of American Literature and how its made up of different genres and how a variety of genres are present in the Bible as well. He compares two different areas of…show more content…
He clarifies that if one cannot decode what is written in respect to the time that it was written, then the text cannot be interpreted correctly. The time period of when things are written have a lot to do with individuals and what they believe to be true or not at the time. Placher uses the example of slavery and what it meant to different countries. In the American South, the biblical reference to slavery was looked at in a positive way, whereas, Israelite slavery had no correlation to race and the slaves were coined as, “indentured servants.” Plachers’ purpose in including historical context and the concept of analyzing genres help support his claim further. When one is able to understand how something came to be, the chances of believing text is more prevalent.
He also supports his argument that the Bible is true by claiming, if an individual believes what they are reading is true, then we are implying that we trust what it says. We learn to trust and believe in the God that the Bible tells us about, therefore, we trust the words written inside. He describes it as, “Perhaps the most important element in this mix is that we trust the Bible because we have come to trust the God about whom it tells us. The process of coming to this kind of trust moves in a kind of circle: we trust in that God in significant part because of what we learn in the
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