Sunday, January 4, 2015

Newsweek embarrasses thinking people

The latest media bigoted assault on Christianity has made quite a stir.  Not because it's the usual 'Christianity is a stupid and evil lie' meme that we get every Easter and Christmas.  But because the propaganda hit piece, by Kurt Eichenwald, is so wonderfully bad.  On so many levels.  I don't have time to unpack the dumb.  It's just the sort of thing post-modern skeptics and secularists seem to love: factually wrong but with lots of hate and anger against improperly understood religions that they hate to begin with.  

The best example (and it was hard to narrow it down), was his treatment of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. Like Bart Erhman knows, every Bible published mentions that the earliest manuscripts don't contain this.  It's no big deal.  Nobody believes the Bible was typed by God on a cloud and dropped into our laps in the King's English.  And that's just informed Protestants.  Catholics and Orthodox by definition wouldn't see it that way.  Apparently that's one of a million things about the subject that Kurt Eichenwald is ignorant of. 

Anyway, Eichenwald says this: "John didn't write it.  Scribes made it up sometime in the Middle Ages.  It does not appear in any of the three other Gospels or in any of the early Greek versions of John." 

Did you read that?  Bwa ha ha ha!  Define early manuscript there Kurt old buddy, old pal.  Especially since the story if found in manuscripts as early as the 5th to 6th century.  For that matter, define Middle Ages.  And what of it not being in the other three?  How many passages in one Gospel aren't in the others?  I mean, this is embarrassing, and anyone except for the usual group of atheists and other anti-Christians who leap up to defend it, should run as far from this as possible. 

But enough of me.  Here is an absolutely devastating rebuttal to the errors, falsehoods, stupidity, bigotry, arrogance, hypocrisy, and unintentional hilarity of this latest contribution to that publication that used to be known as credible.   

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