quote:Originally posted by Blake Manner:
Do you study mathematics or logic? Math gets its beauty because its driven from truth and proof. Yet there are paradoxes in math, so why can't there be paradoxes in the Bible?
One should be careful with the assertion that there are paradoxes "In mathematics". Blake, the paradoxes that you list are all instances where one concludes that certain operations are in fact impossible to perform or define. The paradox is not simply left to stand. Something has to give. The paradox must be resolved somehow.
Just as in indirect proof (or proof by contradiction), achieving a "paradox" (or a conclusion contrary to established or assumed fact) points to the falsity of an initial assumption.
The fact that there are contradictory things in the Bible is relevant because it points to the problem of asserting that this book is the "inerrant Word of God". The Bible contains narrative and historical accounts ("this happened" and "that happened"). One criterion for judging such a narrative "inerrant" is that there be internal coherence (or more generally, a lack of conflictual elements: "x happened" and "not- x happened").
I believe that the Bible has value and that it is not useless. But I also do not believe it is the "inspired and inerrant Word of God".