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Bible Contradictions, Errors, and Inconsistencies

Believers who claim that the Bible has no contradictions or inconsistencies are wrong. The Bible is full of contradictions and inconsistencies, just as we would expect of a collection of books written by many people, edited by many others, and all over a span of many centuries. Biblical contradictions and inconsistencies are easy to find and explain, if you're willing to pay attention.
  1. Gospel Contradictions (8)
  2. Bible Contradictions in Genesis (22)
  3. Bible Errors in Genesis (20)
  4. Bible Absurdities in Genesis (16)
  5. Bible Justice & Morality in Genesis (15)

Bible Contradictions & Inconsistencies Overview
Bible contradictions are a frequent topic of debate between atheists and Christians. Atheists argue that there are numerous contradictions, errors, and inconsistencies in the Bible; conservative evangelical Christians argue that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and the Word of God - therefore, it can have no contradictions, errors, or...

Scientific, Historical Errors & Mistakes in the Bible
The Bible is filled with errors and mistakes. Other ancient texts also have errors and mistakes, but this isn't a problem because people don't expect the authors of those texts to be perfect. The Bible, in contrast, is claimed by many believers to be infallible, inerrant, perfect, etc. Many base their entire religious ideology around the presumption that the Bible is free from errors or mistakes, so demonstrating the presence of errors is key to rebutting their religious claims.

Who wrote the 5 books of Moses?
Details on recent scholarship about the authorship of the "Pentatuch."

Matthew's problems
It seems that the author of the Book of Matthew didn't quite get everything right...

"Error" of Balaam
Balaam got a really bad rap from the authors of the New Testament - and thus can we find a simple Biblical error.

Solomon's Wisdom?
"Was Solomon really as wise as Christians think? Sandra Till says that some of the biggest absurdities in the Bible concern "the so-called wisdom of Solomon.""

Scientific Boo-Boos in the Bible
If the Bible makes basic errors in science, how can it be inerrant?

Did the Judge of All the Earth Always Do What Was Right?
"The killing of David's son for his parents' act of adultery was a clear violation of the principle in Deuteronomy 24:16."

Poisoning the Well
How inerrantists avoid rational arguments: "The poisoned-well fallacy can be a composite of many logical flaws, but it almost always includes at least two: argumentum ad hominem and begging the question."

Biblical Inconsistencies by Donald Morgan
Impressive list of contradictions and inconsistencies.

Biblical Harmony?
"...bibliolaters cannot harmonize the Bible without resorting to scenarios so preposterously far-fetched that only the very credulous can believe them."

Any Loophole Will Do
"The how-it-could-have-been scenario is a common tactic that fundamentalists use to "explain" passages in the Bible that pose serious problems for the inerrancy doctrine. But it is an invalid tactic"

Bible Contradictions
One more listing of various biblical contradictions.

Explaining How God can Morally Approve of Predators & Predation
Is it immoral or unjust to call parasites, predators, and natural disasters 'very good'? Or is there some way to interpret this biblical passage that makes God look more moral?

Explaining Why the Forbidden Tree & Forbidden Fruit Weren't Guarded or Protected
In Genesis, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was placed in the middle of the Garden of Eden without any kind of fence or guard. Why?

Why Did Adam Seek a Helper from the Animals?
We're supposed to believe that every species that exists was created solely for the purpose of finding a helper for Adam and that every one of them failed the measure up to Adam's standards... yet they were kept around anyway.

Explaining How a Snake Could Talk in the Garden of Eden
It's absurd to think that a talking snake would really exist but that's exactly what biblical literalists expect people to believe. But what do you think?

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