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nalfeshnee's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by nalfeshnee

SaintStephan:


Does his whole argument boil down to "Please accept my subjective, irrational opinion: the bible is everything?


Indeed, I suspect that the full statement would be:

SaintStephan:


Does his whole argument boil down to "Please accept my subjective, irrational opinion: the bible, as translated into English from the original Latin or Greek is everything?


I know I harp on about translation a lot recently, but there is a point to it.

Much of science is written – or at least can be expressed – in some sort of universal language. Primarily mathematics, but also the formulas of chemistry or individual contributions such as Feynmann's diagrams. Even if I can't read German, or English, or French, I can still follow science if I'm given the equations and the formulae.

Yet for Wilson, the Word literally is God, although not only is this Word not constant (many translations, erroneous copying and interpretation) but he cannot even read the original words of his Creator God.

I don't get it.

Mind you, Wikipedia informs me that Wilson once said this:


The Christian faith is good for the world because it provides the fixed standard which atheism cannot provide and because it provides forgiveness for sins, which atheism cannot provide either. We need the direction of the standard because we are confused sinners. We need the forgiveness because we are guilty sinners. Atheism not only keeps the guilt, but it also keeps the confusion


This quite clearly shows that Wilson has a truly appalling grasp of logic.

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 17:56:00 UTC | #395366