I'm sorry, if you did indeed invite me to provide answers for your list of queries I'm afraid I didn't read it (as you may have noticed, there are periods of silence on my part - when I'm doing other things that are equally enthralling - and I don't read EVERY post.
Having said that, I did notice your recent post to Andrew Cox on this subject and had already decided to suggest some possible answers - though not until I have time to do a proper job.
in the meantime I noted your even more recent post:
"I confess that part of me enjoys putting forward the internal contradictions in the bible (and the logical inconsistencies in conservative arguments) and watching Christians tie themselves in knots trying to explain them away."
Which struck me as genuinely sad. It certainly speaks more of an aggressive attitude towards people you don't agree with that any desire to understand other people's point of view (even if you then still don't agree with them).
I'd also suggest that it makes your involvement with discussions like this rather pointless, even self-defeating, doesn't it?
So what if you can (as you claim) tie Andrew Cox in knots? Does it not occur to you that he may be a relatively young Christian who has yet to develop a broader and deeper understanding of his faith?
Personally I commend him for his adherence to his beliefs in the face of your attacks. And no amount of "clever" arguing on your part is going to make him look bad in the eyes of any fair-minded person.
More likely they might wonder what root cause lies behind this behaviour.
Anyway, though I'm not going to answer your points right now, I will make three overall points on which my fuller answers will be based:
1. What do you think the purpose of the Bible is? Going by your comments I might guess that you think that Christians believe it to be the exact word of God, dictated directly to human beings (as in the case of the "Book of Mormon") and that it must therefore be literally and exactly true on every detail.
Or maybe you don't?
(Clue: Since most people can only read the Bible after it has been translated into their own language the literalist interpretation doesn't really make a great deal of sense.)
2. Do any of your so-called contradictions actually undermine any important element of the message/purpose of the Bible. Or are they all to do with relatively trivial details?
3. What would your attitude be if, for example, all four gospels were absolutely aligned in every detail? Personally I'd find that redundant (why have four matching copies of the same story in the first place?).
(Clue: Try reading up on the psychology of memory and you'll find that the level of agreement between the four gospels is actually remarkably high for four accounts, written by four different people (and in all likelihood) at four different times. And that's ven if we go along with the suggestion that three of them were in any part based on a common source (the much discussed but ultimately hypothetical "Q").
Just something to think about.
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