Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Map of Contradictions in the Bible

From Project Reason. Sam Harris displays this during his talks.

Click here for the full, zoomable PDF. To get an idea, the tiny text in columns at the bottom is a list of the contradicting Bible verses, and the red arc is made of many, many lines connecting two verses that contradict each other where they occur in (some arrangement of) the Bible. You really should see it up close just to be awed by it.

If a novelist wrote something like this you'd justifiably think they were the sloppiest writer who ever lived. As an aside, I didn't know this until recently, but there is actually an attempt to answer the charge of internal inconsistency in Islam - there's school of Islamic theology stating that where there are contradictions in the Quran, that Satan (instead of Gabriel) was dictating to Mohammed in those sections. (Wow, when those guys pick and choose, they do it with style!) This was the inspiration for Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.

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