|Greek myth: one-eyed Cyclops|
Moderate Christian on Theology Web:
I haven’t said that there are no contradictions in the New Testament.
Great. So we are agreed: the Bible is no different than any other man-made book. It contains errors. Therefore to separate fact, error, and fiction, one must look at the evidence for each and every claim of fact stated in the book with the same level of scrutiny that we would use to examine the veracity of any other book from ancient history.
In Homer’s Oddessy, his claim that the Greeks attacked the city of Troy, can be confirmed as true with evidence for the Greek-Trojan wars, but we do not find evidence for one-eyed Cyclops. And since we have never found evidence of any Cyclops, one or two eyed, in all of human history, we assign Homer’s use of a Cyclops in his story to fiction/myth.
Similarly, when the anonymous authors of the Gospels talk about the Roman occupation of Palestine, the existence of cities such as Jerusalem and Antioch in the first century AD, we can find ample evidence to support these anonymous authors’ claims on these points. However, when they talk about a three-day-brain-dead god/man being resurrected by an ancient Hebrew deity into a transformed superhero-like, immortal body; a transformed, immortal body which eventually flies off into outer space, we can be similarly assured that we are dealing with fiction/myth.
|Christian myth: space-levitating, broiled-fish eating,
re-animated, dead Jewish preacher