Liberal Christian apologist: If you don’t accept inerrancy then you should find the Bible has a range of issues some problematic and some obviously truthful. Liberals are not limited to the Bible, we supplement with great theologians.
Gary: What was the intent of the author of the (two) Genesis Creation stories? Did the author believe that what he was writing was historical fact or was he writing an allegory?
Liberal Christian apologist: Just because I don’t know doesn’t mean no one knows. There is no reason to think the Bible is so mysterious that scholars cannot penetrate it. We have scholars who think they know why Shakespeare wrote the Tempest or why Joyce wrote Ulysses so why can’t we know about Biblical authors?
Gary: The author of the story regarding Joshua and the sun standing still? Did the author really believe that the sun stood still or was he writing an allegory?
Liberal Christian apologist: Who cares? That doesn’t necessarily have any bearing on why he wrote it.
Gary: Your experts can guess but none of us can know for sure.
Liberal Christian apologist: Have you read any actual military criticism? You are just asserting that they don’t know. I doubt that you have ever seen one of them work. They know a remarkable amount especially since the Biblical authors are intent on telling us what they want.
“Liberals are not limited to the Bible, we supplement with great theologians.”
Right, you supplement and interpret the alleged words of the invisible, inaudible Creator with the interpretations of men and women with PhD’s in theology. So do Muslims and Mormons! What is odd is that all these very intelligent, highly educated people with PhD’s can’t even agree on who the Creator is, let alone what he or she said.
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