Title: Biblical Errancy: A Reference Guide
Author: C. Dennis McKinsey
Publisher: Prometheus Books
• Many, many examples from the entire Bible - over 800 pages
• Copious quoting and references
• Categorized by topic
• Very expensive - too much for only causal interest • Organization leaves something to be desired
• Shows various errors throughout the Bible
• All manner of topics covered and explained
• Written for average people, not experts
The question of whether or not there are any errors, contradictions or general problems in the Bible is one which consistently comes up in discussions between Christians and nonbelievers. Even among Christians such questions come up, but more from the perspective of what texts means in relation to other passages.
Although various critiques of Christianity include critiques about the Bible, few books focus solely on this issue of errancy alone. There is one book which does just that: list contradictions, errors and various difficulties in the Bible. Biblical Errancy: A Reference Guide, by C. Dennis McKinsey, is over 800 pages of information, all categorized by topic, replete with numerous quotes from the Bible along with commentary. Although various critiques of Christianity include critiques about the Bible, few books focus solely on this issue of errancy alone. If that is your interest, this is your 'Bible' - a single resource with everything you need.
Unfortunately, its an expensive book, so its aimed more at people with a very serious interest in this topic. But if this is something which intrigues you a lot, you probably wont find a more comprehensive and informative work. McKinsey lists verses dealing with numerous topics, showing how often they simply aren't consistent with each other.
All of these issues allow for answers which are diametrically opposed to those we would expect to get from Christian evengelists and apologists. Since these people especially the former typically claim to be basing their beliefs on the Bible, the fact that this same Bible supplies radically different answers can provide for some interesting conversations.