The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

I want to start out by saying that I admire the effort behind the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. I think it is a good resource, and I own one.

That being said, like many fallible works, it has its share of problems. The very first thing I noticed that was wrong is that it is based on the King James translation. That translation is certainly popular, but it has been known (by Christians) for decades (probably centuries) to be much more flawed than many other translations. I also knew that some of the contradictions listed were not good examples.

However, I recently found a website that responds to all of the criticisms in the SAB, and I have decided to share it in interest of being balanced. I have not, myself, looked through either the SAB or the response website thoroughly yet, but it only took a few minutes before I found a good example of a response I thought was quite reasonable.

This example is from 1 Corinthians 11:29-30. Please go read at least that link.

That really annoying thing Christians always seem to say, “You’re taking it out of context!” is actually a very valid counter-argument sometimes, and this verse, and the SAB’s criticism of it, is a case in point.

I’m sure I could find other examples, and I’m also quite sure I could find examples where the response to the criticism just does not make sense. I’m bookmarking this response to the SAB for future reference, and if you are the type who argues about the Bible, I suggest you do the same.


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