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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Honest Bible Researchers, December 14, 2007
This review is from: Alleged Discrepancies Of The Bible (Paperback)
This is an excellent resource for people who are constantly bombarded by ignorant questions about the Bible and claims of contradiction and discrepancies. These kinds of claims usually come from atheists and other unbelievers who generally have an ax to grind, and they usually try to grind the Bible without sufficient knowledge of the original languages, culture, context, other pertinent facts that would disprove their notions. The book is far from "hopelessly hopeless."

This is why we have 1 star reviewers who talk about intellect, reason, and facts, when the fact of the matter is they could care less about either of these things. This book, although somewhat dated, still has valuable answers to questions that still get asked, even after scholarship and learning has answered most of the questions from those who are obviously Biblically illiterate.

For example, in a DVD series done by "The Teaching Company" in the year 2000, professor Bart Ehrman claims that there is a discrepancy between Mark 14:12 and John 18:28, and yet Haley answered this years before Ehrman was born. Can someone say "ridiculous"?

Dr. Norman Geisler in his "When Critics Ask" also wrote and answered such claims before Bart's DVD series was made, and yet professor Ehrman pretends that no one has addressed these discrepancy claims.

One of the most profound statements in Haley's book is this:

"'Pertness and ignorance,' says Bishop Horne, 'may ask a question in three lines which it will cost learning and ingenuity thirty pages to answer; and when this is done, the same question shall be triumphantly asked again the next year, as if nothing had ever been written on the subject." (p. 26, Baker Book House, 1989 edition).

The book is not "dated" in the sense that the facts presented do not still hold up. The sad fact is, too many people simply WANT the Bible to be filled with discrepancies and contradictions so that they can continue in unbelief. The facts this book presents destroy the illusion they have, and so they must irrationally slam it and use fallacious arguments about age. Facts are facts, whether they come from an old book or a new one. The earth was round 400 years ago, and a book that old is still factual stating this fact, and the earth was round yesterday, and a book printed yesterday stating this fact is just as accurate.

Mr. Haley has done us a great service, and it behooves us to read it and research the information it presents. And if you do that honestly and fairly, you will find that most of the discrepancies people bring up, as Mr. Haley pointed out, "...are purely subjective - originating, primarily, not in the sacred books, but in the misguided prejudices and disordered imagination of the critic" (p. 29). People like to talk about rationality and reason, but when they get to the Bible, they throw both of those out the window. Haley helps us help honest people keep their sanity. Kudos for this old but still good volume.
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