Posted by: Andrew Webb | December 17, 2013

Dear Atheists, Actually it’s NOT a Bronze Age Book

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If there is one popular phrase used by atheists to criticize the bible that I’m heartily tired of reading it’s calling the bible a “Bronze Age Book.” There are two reasons I’m tired of it:

1) It’s Grossly Inaccurate: The vast majority of the Old Testament was written during the Iron Age (1200 BC – 500 BC) and the entire New Testament was written in the 1st Century AD and entirely postdates both the periods referred to as the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. If you want to use a snarky chronologically arrogant term to imply you are smarter than the people who preceded you merely because you were born after them, the correct term would be “Ancient Book.”

2) It’s Doesn’t Even Prove What it’s Supposed to Prove: Apart from the foolishness of asserting that people like Moses, Solomon and Aristotle were clearly idiots because they were around a long time ago and didn’t have things like Google, Microwaves, or Cup O’ Noodles, age doesn’t nullify truth or the factual nature of a record any more than the fact that something was generated recently makes it true.

For instance, “I, Rigoberta Menchu,” an autobiography that won Menchu the Nobel Prize, was written in the late 20th century, and became wildly popular and was considered by American academics to be “the gospel truth” about oppression in Central America. Subsequent investigations however revealed that Rigoberta Menchu had made up much of her life story.

In the case of the bible, if the events it records happened, the fact that they were written down a long time ago doesn’t change that factual nature of the record, and to date, every historical event the bible records that can be confirmed by archaeology and other histories has been confirmed.

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  1. And if they didn’t happen, you made a fool out of yourself by trying to live by a book that was written by people who thought that slavery was a good thing.

    • You are a slave.

      • We all are. So what? Is there an argument hidden somewhere?

  2. god, Jesus, heaven, and hell have never been proven by archeology :-) …because they are fiction thuds puff goes Christianity; up in smoke!

  3. Hello Atomic Mutant, you write “IF they didn’t happen” (emphasis mine) – given that the post above was limited to “every historical event the bible records that can be confirmed by archaeology” do you now doubt archaeology and history as well? I mean I guess that’s consistent, you can’t prove Nebuchadnezzar existed via an experiment in a lab either, or answer ethical questions for that matter.

    So, a couple of quick questions. You say you believe that the bible was written by people who believe slavery was a good thing, I’m assuming you believe that not because you’ve studied the bible in depth on the subject, but because its a popular objection you can easily learn about via a Google search. I think Jeremiah and God would have a profoundly different take on that given that it was one of the reasons the Kingdom of Judah was judged (Jeremiah 34:10-22) but if you’d like to present evidence that the authors of the bible thought slavery was a “good thing” please show me where.

    Second, while you’re at it, I’d like you to show me, using nothing but the scientific method, why slavery is a “bad thing”.

  4. Hi Brett, aside from the fact that Peter’s first sermon in Jerusalem recorded in Acts 2 would have gone over like a led balloon and the movement would not have spread from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth (reaching to Rome and beyond during the lifetime of the first apostles had Jesus not existed, Jesus and the origins of the Christian movement are mentioned by a number of contemporary sources, in fact we have more first hand evidence for the life of Christ than we do the life of Socrates (and yet no one seems to doubt he existed).

    Here’s an extract from Pliny’s letter to Emperor Trajan, Pliny was writing in AD 112 about how to go about dealing with the Christian sect which he had started persecuting as a illegal assembly and thus banned by Roman law:

    Pliny to Trajan A.D. 112

    “They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.”

  5. Great article.


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