Volume 92, Issue 88

Tuesday, March 16, 1999


Bible is not factual, but is still true

Blind faith makes flawed defence

CFS poster child

The Gazette is a shocking paper

Disfigured flags are a disgrace

Insults to promote hate

Blind faith makes flawed defence

Re: Most-read publication can't be wrong, March 11

To the Editor:
I find it difficult to understand how for centuries, people have used the same blatant fallacies and flawed logic to defend scripture. Jeremy Johnston's attempt is just another example of using blind faith over simple reasoning.

The first of these errors is Johnston's assumption that because millions believe something, it must be true. Unfortunately, this is contradicted later in the letter when he declares that although millions believed in the Aristotelian theory of the universe, "they were wrong." So which is it? If millions believe in something it "can be wrong" or it "has to be right?"

Why would millions of people die for a belief if it were obviously flawed? Here again is another parochial assumption that this reasoning only applies to Christians. Millions belonging to almost all faiths have perished for their beliefs at some time in history, many at the hands of Christians. Many atheists and pagans died for their lack of Christian faith, so they must be correct, no?

Finally, in order to maintain coherence and survive through time, a work does not have to be "divinely inspired." Homer's Iliad and Odyssey have existed since the 12th century BC and Euclid's Elements since the third century BC, well before the Bible's creation. The "scientific principles" are not "consistent and coherent" either, as pointed out in Warren Flood's article.

Christianity would be easier to accept and even believe if it were possible to justify it with some semblance, or reason, or logic rather than a "forthright and frank" response full of contradictions itself.

Jonathan S. Gormick
Biology II

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