Dismantling Fundamentalism Intro

Published on Sunday, December 12, 2010 By rsteinerrf

To the Christian fundamentalist, the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. To perpetuate itself, this belief depends on circular reasoning and an ignorance of the facts; often at great cost. This series will focus on some of the many errors within the Bible in the hope that those who are questioning these beliefs will find the information helpful. As a former evangelical fundamentalist, it is important to me that others are able to access some of the information that began to open my mind. It is my goal to help dismantle fundamentalism.



Discussion

  1. Mriana says:

    Great video and love that shirt. It gave me a chuckle for today. :)

  2. Jerry says:

    More!…And soon!

  3. Roy says:

    This is really important what you are doing…because finally there has been a break through thanks to honest brokers such as Bart Erhman and now yourself who have” been there and done that”. Finally after being bashed and thumped over the head for years with the bible and its so called perfection we can now say with confidence it is “errant”. That one word takes away the power of the fundamentalist/evangelical and sets them back to thinking…and then of course they are painted into a corner with their statements of “if the bible is not inerrant then you cannot trust it” now thats them talking and their rigid belief system , it is a good thing to dismantle them and inerrancy because they have abused it for so many decades and people have been intimidated by it.

    Finally! spread the word

  4. Ron says:

    With a millennium of writing, the cultural environment, isagogics and different languages alone would make it seem impossible for any one person to claim the Bible is full of errors. Let alone the fact that the Bible not only says it is the Word of God, but that the only correct means of interpreting it is with the clearer passages that interpret the less clear according to a proper pericope delimitation that must take into consideration the textual thematic nature of the Scripture which is not many but one and of which there is only one meaning to any given passage of Scripture.

    The resource materials in addition are so exhaustive that no person can legitimately cover such an exhaustive body of information handed down through history thereby precluding the individual from an absolute certainty that he may have misunderstood what he considers to be error.

    With the great breadth of the Bible and extant resource materials also seem to cry out that the individual can not claim to have examined all that is available.

    Therefore, until we can say with absolute certainty that there are contradictions or errors in the Bible, how can we reject Biblical authority on the basis of a dogmatic assertion made by a finite and dependent individual?

  5. Michael says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the bible is the inerrant word of god, whoever you think that is. But even if you set god aside from the equation for a moment, it still remains quite likely that someone, perhaps even Moses, stitched the pentateuch together from earlier pre-existing documents, rather than having composed the entire thing himself. When Genesis says “These are the generations of the heaven and the earth,” or “This is the book of the generations of Adam,” it is possible that the editor was, in fact, naming his sources by stating the titles of the documents which he was recopying together into a single document, titles which might have been widely known at the time the pentateuch was assembled. To say this really presents no problem to the text or to history.

    However, from a Jewish perspective, 500 BCE is just 50 years before the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, which marked the beginning of the formulation of the Talmud. For the obviously Christian or ex-Christian narrator in this video to state dates as late as 950-500 BCE, and then to state that most scholars agree with this opinion, is to essentially state that modern scholarship denies the history and the identity of the Jewish people. The narrative of the Jewish scriptures taken together with archaeological evidence points to an existence of a unified Hebrew people and a Hebrew state long before this time. The pentateuch is much more than simply a dry historical narrative, it is the central force that forges the identity of the Hebrew people: it is the driving force behind the rest of that history. To claim that the Pentateuch was not even completed until very nearly the end of that history is denying much archeological evidence and denying the Jewish identity in one fell swoop, and for what purpose? So that former Christians may attempt to discredit their former Christian faith. From a Jewish perspective, this would be insulting if it were not so ridiculous.

    • Jim says:

      Hey, Michael, I don’t think anything in the video contradicts the history or cultural development of the Hebrews. When you study ancient literature, one of the first things you learn is that a people’s oral tradition defines their “story” long before anything is committed to writing.

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