"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Bible's Best Friend: Doctor A. Theist

        Of all Biblical apologists, a scholar by the name of A. Theist, BSD, must be recognized as the chief supporter of Biblical validity. Thanks to him, believers have access to exhaustive research into difficult Bible passages and apparent internal contradictions.         One might ask how such information could bolster the Bible’s reputation for accuracy. A brief look at mankind’s history gives us the key.         Anthropologists have discovered that our ancestors were far smarter than we imagine the stereotypical, cave man. While thousands of years has advanced our technologies of electronics, medicine and mobility, few would argue that we have become more wise or astute than before. In fact, that advanced technology has made us depend upon its gimmicks, instead of exercising our native ingenuity to solve problems. So, great-great-great-great-great ... uncle Noah could reason and create at least as well as the best of us. Why would any reasonable person, other than a completely arrogant jerk, assume he has more insight into reality than his progenitors?         Nearly everyone will admit that without accountability to a higher authority, human nature tends to "adjust" observations and information to suit its personal biases and perspectives. We love Order, so we feel compelled to make facts and historical accounts fit our preconceptions.         Biblical skeptics and critics will agree with the above observations, applying them most extravagantly to the Bible's writers. Which is strange, in that the ancient, Biblical writers who were fully able to edit their texts to agree with other accounts—didn't. And what about legendary heroes? Humans consistently embellish our heroes' lore, often elevating them to the level of deities. Yet, the Bible reveals the disturbing character faults and unconscionable actions of its "mighty men."         Though few would deny its stabilizing effect on human culture, the noisy minority still feels compelled to debunk the Bible. How ironic, that Doctor A. Theist, in attempting to do just that, has established one of the few Biblical defenses that doesn't depend upon proof verses from the Bible itself, or upon faith in God.         Thanks Doc.

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