Man’s Fallible Ideas vs. God’s Infallible Word
by Luke Nix
Those who have read this blog for quite some time know that I spend a lot of time discussing specifics of the Christian worldview, not just a “mere Christianity.” Going into the details of a worldview allows people to test worldviews against reality to see which one accurately describes the world in which we live. As discussed in other posts (here and here), it is important to discuss and investigate the details of a worldview to ensure that when we defend the truth of the Christian worldview, we are not defending incorrect doctrines that can easily be shown to go against reality (thus falsifying the Christian worldview in the skeptic’s mind).
These internal debates are often heated among Christians. All sides of a debate bring their biblical, natural, philosophical, and historical evidences for their view and against the others. The amount of evidence to wade through can be daunting, and it frustrates many. I have noticed that frustration,
however, is not just from the amount of evidence to examine, but the weight of evidence for one side or the other. Often many find themselves on the lighter end of evidence. Their evidence has been shown to be misinterpreted by them, incomplete in the details, compatible with the other views, falsified by new research, or even not applicable to the discussion at hand. This is extremely frustrating when the majority of the evidence for one side fails by one these. Unfortunately, I have heard the people with the undermined evidence make an appeal that often has more rhetorical power and intellectual honesty: “Stop reinterpreting the Bible, and stop compromising the Gospel.” This is often followed with the question, “why would you want to believe the ideas of fallible man and not the truth of an infallible God,” in order to ensure that the reader/hearer understands that if they reject this view (despite the compromised evidence) they are committing a most heinous sin, tantamount to apostasy and heresy.
Any time I hear this appeal, I cringe, not because of the implications, but because I know what evidential failures usually lead to such a claim in these internal discussions. However, I do not want to simply reject the claim (or the views that Christians use it to support) just because of where it came from- that would be committing the genetic fallacy. Rather I want to investigate the claims, themselves, to see if they may have merit or if they may be rejected apart from the lack of evidence for the views they are designed to salvage…