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Old 11-14-2001, 09:30 PM   #41
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the author's introduction.

bottom line: reason and purpose aside, it is a resource available to all. you can use it as you see fit.

for myself, it saves me the burden of taking notes and sorting through them when i need the info. with the SAB, it's as easy as point and click. do i blindly follow everything there? nope. that would be contrary to being a skeptic. i don't agree with everything there, but (unlike the bibe itslef), total agreement is not necessary to make use of it.
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Old 11-23-2001, 11:36 AM   #42
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Just wanted to bury this horse: the bible is a pile of contradictory cult lies and the SAB details them.

Case closed.
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Old 11-23-2001, 11:53 AM   #43
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Originally posted by Koyaanisqatsi:

Just wanted to bury this horse: the bible is a pile of contradictory cult lies and the SAB details them.

Case closed.

Irony remains my favorite form of humour. your endorsement of the SAB is noted Koy. Of course, it comes as no real surprise that your faith remains intact.

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Old 11-23-2001, 01:35 PM   #44
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Do skeptics really not put much stock in the SAB, as SingleDad reluctantly granted? This is what needs explaining. I suspect I'll just find out that it's some mix of illogical skeptics and others who don't put much stock in it, but use it as a reference for their arguements and [hopefully!] investigate the context of all the material they intend to use, beforehand...

Everyone on this thread has said the same thing: the SAB is a useful quick reference. I've used it many times. It's an excellent quick reference for the contradictions, violence, silliness, bigotry, inhumanity and evil in the Bible. It is not a major guide to biblical scholarship or history, nor does it pretend to be. The author has aimed to be as inclusive as possible. Obviously some inclusions are judgement calls.

I don't know what you mean; "put much stock in," Photocrat. The SAB is viewed here like any other resource: fallible, limited and human. On Evo/Cre we run into this problem a lot with books, because Christians keep thinking we have The Book (like the The Origin of the Species or The Selfish Gene) which we pant after like born-agains with an NT, but we skeptics only have books.

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