agnostics and the Bible

Agnostics and The Bible

"Why Agnostics Question The Bible's Veracity"

Agnostics look at the controversies surrounding ancient scripture.

The Bible is undeniably the most widely read publication in the history of mankind. It's still revered even to this day as the actual word of God as set forth by those who were divinely inspired. So what makes its message so enduring given the enormous amount of skepticism from today's scholars, historians, and academics. Agnostics view such phenomenon as fulfillment of a primal need for answers about the meaning of life. As a true historical record, however, the bible comes up short and its stories are almost totally immersed in ancient mythology. The following selections will help readers judge such matters for themselves.

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A Bible Story and Bad Theology - (Article) (David Madison) Those who believe Mark reports “true stories”—i.e., that the gospels are history—never seem to wonder what Mark’s sources were. (
The Bible Delusion - (Book) (Jim Whitefield) An easy to read summary of 101 examples of absurdity in the King James Version of the Bible, dismantling everything from the Genesis creation myth to the coherency of The Gospels. (
The Bible Has No Place In Modern American Society - (Article) (Keith Agustus Burton) Let’s be honest. Although that ancient book still plays a prominent role in Judeo-Christian religious traditions, its content is seriously out of touch with modern American values, (
The Bible Isn't God's Word - (Article) (David Madison) "My primary point right now is that astute Christians can see very well that the Bible is a self-incriminating, self-destructive document." (
Can We Masure The Earth's Age According To The Bible - (Article) (C Stuart Hardwick) "The Earth solidified 4.54 billion years ago, plus or minus 1%. That’s a fact, and if your belief is not aligned to this fact, then you are what we call wrong.” (
Criticism of The Bible - (Article) The view that the Bible should be accepted as historically accurate and as a reliable guide to morality has been questioned by many scholars in the field of biblical criticism. In addition to concerns about morality, inerrancy, or historicity, there remain some questions of which books should be included in the Bible. (
Did the Twelve Apostes Exist - (Article) (Kenneth Humphreys) It should be apparent that if the twelve were actual historical figures, with such an important role in the foundation and growth of the Church, it would be impossible to have such wild confusion over the basic question of who they really were. (
Few Americans Believe The Bible Is The Word of God -  (Article) (Antonio Blumberg) "Fewer than one in four Americans ― just 24 percent ― believe the Bible is the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word, according to a new survey by Gallup." ( 
Gospel of John: What Everyone Should Know - (Book) (Shelby Spong) "This last gospel to be written was misinterpreted by the framers of the fourth-century creeds to be a literal account of the life of Jesus when in fact it is a literary, interpretive retelling of the events in Jesus' life through the medium of fictional characters." (
Gospel of John: What Everyone Should Know - (Article) (Shelby Spong) "I suspect that if these devotees of John’s Gospel were introduced to the world of Johannine scholarship, they would be both shocked and angered by contemporary insights into this treasured book." (
Historicity of  The Bible - (Article) The historicity of the Bible is the question of the Bible's acceptability as a history as it relates to the Old Testament. This can be extended to the question of the Christian New Testament as an accurate record of the historical Jesus and the Apostolic Age. (
Is the Bible True - (Article) (Davit Lose) "Wait! Don’t answer that question too quickly. If you do, you’ll likely judge the Bible’s veracity by categories established 1,500 years after it was written." (
Revelation... Imagination or Hallucination - (Article) (David Madison) One of the most extraordinary claims made by Christians is that God’s only means of communicating with the world is through the mammalian brain of one species. (
Scholars Doubt the Traditional Authors of the Gospel - (Article) (Matthew Wade Ferguson) The traditional authors of the canonical Gospels—Matthew the tax collector, Mark the attendant of Peter, Luke the attendant of Paul, and John the son of Zebedee—are doubted among the majority of mainstream New Testament scholars. (
Should The Bible Be Banned - (Article) (Herb Silverman) :If conservative Christians were to read the Bible meticulously, instead of selectively, perhaps they would want to ban parts of it." (
Theories About The Bible - (Article) (Larry Jiminez) "An ordinary Christian and a biblical scholar look at the Bible in tremendously different ways. The average churchgoer knows nothing of the textual problems beneath the familiar words." (
Violence In The Bible - (Article) (Sarah Rollins) "Use of the Bible relies on a rather selective reading of its stories, since the Bible also contains numerous disturbingly violent tales." (
Where Did The Bible Come From - (Article) (David Lose) "Since the early years of Christianity, various myths, legends, and even conspiracy theories about the origins of the Bible have enjoyed wide circulation." (
Were The Twelve Apostles Real  -  (Article) (Simon Worall) Historical evidence of the Apostles is scarce, and some of it contradicts core Christian beliefs. (
Who Wrote The Bible and Why It Matters  -  (Article) (Bart D Erhman) "Apart from the most rabid fundamentalists among us, nearly everyone admits that the Bible might contain errors." (
Why Humanists Reject the Bible - (Article) (Joseph C. Sommer) "Humanists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God. They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age." (