Check Your Blind Spot: How Unspoken Biases Can Cloud Our Interpretation of Evidence
by Misty Callahan
Too often when we present historical or scientific evidence for God’s existence, it seems to fall on deaf ears because those we’re trying to reach cannot come to our conclusions from the evidence. In fact, they might even say that the evidence points away from God. Before we get discouraged, it may help to remember that oftentimes, there are unspoken biases at work that we Christian apologists don’t consider.
Why Is This Still A Thing?
Initially, I was going to write a piece entitled something to the effect of, “Jesus Mythicism: Why is this still a thing?” because a couple of weeks ago, I watched a fascinating debate on whether or not Jesus ever existed between Dr. Bart Ehrman and Dr. Robert Price. (Thankfully, our own Nate Sala reminded me to put my “grace cap on” so I shelved that snarky apologetic idea.)
However, one of the telling exchanges (see the 6:23 mark) was when Dr. Ehrman asked Dr. Price, “You think Paul didn’t write Galatians?” and Dr. Price’s said, “Right.” Dr. Ehrman’s response was, “Wow. Okay.”
I started thinking, how can this happen? How can someone like Dr. Price look at historical facts and come to a completely different conclusion than Dr. Ehrman (and the vast majority of scholarship as well)?
I believe there is some truth to Dr. James White’s statement that, “The internet has turned bad arguments into the Walking Dead. You shoot ’em in the head and they keep shuffling forward.”
However, while the advent of the internet may play a role in “bad arguments refusing to die” (Flat-Earthers, anyone?), I think there’s more to it than that…
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