The concept of the Bible as sacred text suggests that the Bible contains truth.

While some may argue that the Bible cannot be sacred because it is not historically comprehensive or accurate, the concept of historiography suggests that history has been written differently in different times and contexts. It was not until the Enlightenment of the 18th century that Europeans began to focus on scientific “fact” in history, rather than story. However, there are different ways to think about truth, including the truth about human experience and the human experience of God. Truth is not limited to scientific “fact” or completely accurate historical accounts (as if those could be attained), but extends to stories as well. For instance, when a friend describes the events of a bad day, you can say “that is so true” without meaning that their account is entirely, factually accurate, but that you can identify with their experience. Those who consider Bible as sacred text believe that the stories contained in the Bible are instructive about truths in the human experience and the human experience of God.

Much thanks to Dr. Laurel Koepf Taylor for teaching the concepts that informed the above paragraph.

The photo in this post is from an article in The Guardian that also addresses the idea of truth in the Bible. The article identifies the roots of biblical literalism (or as Dr. Clint McCann would call it, Bibliolotry, idolatry of the Bible). Surprise surprise you don’t have to choose between being a person who appreciates the scientific method and historical accuracy who thinks all texts considered sacred text are worthless, and being a person who thinks the scientific method is evil and that all scientific and historical knowledge stems from the King James Bible.

You can be an intellectual and a person of faith.

One of my favorite examples of a thinking person of faith is Dr. Aron Wall, who authors the blog Undivided Looking, which looks at the intersection between physics and theology. I mean, would you expect anything less from a postdoc studying quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics who is devoted to critically examining science and Scripture and theology?


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