I’ve posted several critiques of the shoddy anti-Christian Newsweek story attacking the Bible. Now, to the magazine’s credit it has at least published a rebuttal by Dr. Michael Brown. It’s a fantastic piece.
Brown asks many questions of Newsweek and gets to the crux of why its article about the Bible offended so many:
All this, however, is secondary to the real issue, which is, Can we trust the Bible? Is it really “loaded with contradictions and translation errors,” as Newsweek alleges? Is it true that it “wasn’t written by witnesses and includes words added by unknown scribes to inject Church orthodoxy . . . ?” Is it accurate to say that “the Bible can’t stop debunking itself”?
While Newsweek claims that the article “is not an attack on the Bible or Christianity,” even exhorting readers to study the Bible more seriously, it is difficult to see how people can be encouraged to read the Scriptures for themselves while undermining their confidence in those very Scriptures. After all, the Bible claims to have been inspired by God and written by eyewitnesses, and evangelical scholars (among others) believe that the biblical books have been carefully preserved and handed down through the centuries. Yet if Newsweek is correct, we can’t really be sure if we’re reading the real text of the Bible.
He then goes on to show how reliable the texts are, to explain how they were actually transmitted (not the way Kurt Eichenwald had suggested), to address supposed contradictions in the Bible, and many other inaccurate claims of the Newsweek story.