I have talked a lot on the blog about my understanding of how biblical scholarship relates to Christian faith claims. Since the early 19th century critical scholars have dug deeply into the Bible and discovered discrepancies, contradictions, historical errors, geographical mistakes, anachronisms, and claims that make no sense in light of what we know about the world today from biology, geology, astronomy, physics, anthropology, and … and well the list goes on.
Different people draw different faith conclusions from this kind of scholarship. Some think it’s irrelevant to their faith; others think it requires them to change what they believe, possibly radically; yet others think that it negates the possibility of faith altogether — either confirming the atheism they already hold or driving them to abandon their faith and become non-believers.
Is any of these a sensible option? Is any of them the obvious and necessary option? What about the obstacles that stand in the way of change, unrelated to biblical scholarship, such as not being able to leave a conservative evangelical community because of family ties?
These can be unusually difficult questions. I’ve spoken about them from my perspective on the blog, and now I’d like to hear your views. Tell me what you think.
As with other posts of this kind, I will be eager to see what you have to say, but I will not reply or comment: this is your chance to speak your own mind.