According to Merriam-Webster, deduction is defined as “the deriving of a conclusion by reasoning; specifically: inference in which the conclusion about particulars follows necessarily from general or universal premises.”

An example of deductive reasoning is as follows:

Premise 1: People cannot see in the dark.
Premise 2: It is dark in caves.
Conclusion: People can’t see in caves.

There’s no arguing about the above example. A person might say that someone could see if there were a torch, but we’re talking about a cave in its natural setting with no lighting. In deductive reasoning, the conclusion naturally follows the premises, period. If either of the premises is not true, then the conclusion may not be true; if the conclusion is not true, then either or both of the premises are not true.

Here’s an example of claims made by those who follow the Bible:

Premise 1: God is infallible.
Premise 2: The Bible is written by God.
Conclusion: The Bible is infallible.

It’s simple…

We cannot prove whether God wrote the Bible, just as we cannot prove or disprove his existence. However, what we can verify for certain is whether or not the Bible is, in fact, infallible. In this case, there is no room for an opinion or “faith”. If the Bible is flawed in any way, it follows necessarily that one or both of the premises are false. Either God did not write the Bible and/or God is fallible. A person’s opinion or faith only comes into play when deciding which conclusion they are comfortable with accepting since neither premise can be verified to begin with.

Now, the next step is illustrating the ways in which the Bible is flawed. Ready? Just say “go” if you’re up for it…

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on February 25, 2009 at 7:29pm
Again, this is now featured Cara.
Comment by CJoe on February 25, 2009 at 7:40pm
Chris. I know the Bible wasn't written by God. Did you read the blog? Christians claim it was written by God, not me. And yes, I know a thing or two about it because I was raised in a Christian home and both my grandfathers were pastors. I also know the Bible was written by over 40 (some anonymous) authors over a span of 1,500 years. I also spent three years in Nashville where everything "Christian" comes out of and even lived in the home of Eric Holmberg, a fairly famous Christian Apologist. Thank you for not reading my profile. Trust me, I'm well versed.

What I'm doing is making an argument against their claims. Ever study Argumentation in a Critical Thinking class? Christians claim God wrote the Bible... THROUGH humans. They think the Bible is perfect because they think God is perfect. Obviously, this is a FALLACY because God did not, in fact, write it. IF he did, he's obviously not perfect, which undermines ALL their beliefs about him to begin with. By undermining the claim the Bible is perfect and error free, their foundation for Christianity is destroyed.

Was I not clear at all?
Comment by Johnny on February 25, 2009 at 7:51pm
@Chris: "but the Bible wasn't written by God, and the writings never claim it to be."

The thing is that many religious people do believe the entire Bible was written by God; or at the very least directly inspired by God and written by men who have their hand guided by God. Its not even exclusive to the fundamentalists, many religious moderates think the Bible is the infallible word of God. Additionally you can find plenty of believers who can find a scripture-or-two that they interpret as claiming the whole Bible is the word of God.

Personally, the fact that there are so many contradictions is a huge discredit to the Bible. Additionally, 'God allowing' variance in translations and variance in interpretations seems evidence to me that either God doesn't want to claim the book as his, or he doesn't exist.


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