Biblical Contradictions, Part I
Debate Rounds (4)
Which Opponent Can Best Prove or Debunk Alleged Biblical Contradictions.
Contradiction: "the statement of a position opposite to one already made"
Scholar: "a learned person" (either renowned w/o official academic training or an academic degree-holder
1. Holy Bible(s) of the Christianity religion
2. Religious Texts (Denominational Dictionaries/Glossaries)
3. Scholarly Texts (Lexicons, Concordances, Dissertations, Treatises)
4. Direct Quotes from Respectable Scholars
(R1) Pro may, if desired, define "contradiction" but ONLY based on a Dictionary definition. This round is acceptance for both opponents.
(R2) Pro will present contradictions & argue why they are such.
(R2) Con will rebut Pro's contradictions & argue why they are not.
(R3) Pro will rebut Con's rebuttals of why they are not contradictions with Pro's Secondary Evidence.
(R3) Con will refute Pro's Secondary Evidence with Con's Secondary Evidence.
(R4) Pro will present a Closing Argument of why these are Contradictions (up to maximum 6,000 character limit).
(R4) Con will present Closing Statements of why they are not Contradictions (limit of 1 Opening Sentence; 3 Five Sentence Paragraphs; 1 Closing Sentence).
Rules for (Opponents):
1. Follow all the guidelines above.
2. Sources are permitted each round & are not prohibited by Con's R4 Closing.
3. Intelligent Debating Only
4. NO DIRECT INQUIRIES between Opponents (Indirect Questions to the world at large are permitted. Ex. "Is this type of logic really suppose to be true?"
5. Present ALL arguments as concisely as possible (we should not bore the readers with heavy technical-laden language, drawn out explanations and examples, etc.)
6. Be mindful of textual formatting.
7. In the Voting Period, opponents should refrain from commenting on the Judges' rulings, unless a Judge specifically ask a question to a particular opponent.
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1. NO TIES unless you absolutely cannot distinguish a victor for a specific category.
2. Award points on S&G but NOT against obvious foreign language words
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I define contradiction as is said in , "to suppose that the same thing is and is not, Metaphysics (IV,1005b)
That is one cannot be and not be, on basic Aristotilian logic.
In this debate we will examine, validate and debunk, alleged contradictions in the so-called Christian Bible.
To ensure the readers & judges have utmost clarity, I will highlight an issue that might become confusing during the argument phase if not laid out before hand. Most of us know what the word "Bible" means. This word is commonly used to refer to "all authoritative books based upon the Christian concept of a Divine God." In a scholarly debate, correct terminology should be used to avoid misinterpretation. First, there are three types of texts people interchangeably use to mean "Bible." Let us put them in proper perspective.
We have the most commonly called "Bible(s)" which are KJV, Gideon, NIV, NASB, Young's Literal Translation, etc. For clarity, I will call them "the English translations of the Bible". The second, Bible are the Dead Sea Scrolls & the countless manuscripts used to create an English translation of the Bible. I will refer to them as the "Hebrew [and/or] Greek manuscripts of the Bible.The third Bible, which only Biblical scholars of mindful of is the Hebrew [and/or] Greek Text of the Bible. The latter is read similar to the format & style of an English translation except in original Hebrew or Greek languages. There are many credible websites that offer a pdf-type format to read the transliterated versions of Hebrew & Greek. My opponent can choose to adhere to these references if desired; I will: English translations (ETs); Heb. and/or Greek manuscripts (HMs, GMs, HGMs); and Hebrew and/or Greek Text (HT, GT, HGT). The latter I will also refer to as "the Scriptures" since both the Hebrew Text & Greek Text are the original languages the Scriptures were transcribed into.
the ET bears the words you only read in English translations (KJV, RSV, NIV, NASB, etc.) not foreign words.
HGM bear the original words of Hebrew, Greek, and some Aramaic (Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.).
HGT or the Scriptures bear the Heb. & Gk. words taken from almost all the HGMs to compile one completed source.
Finally, I state that my position as the contradiction debunker should not be perceived as a formal advocacy of Christianity and it's concept of the Bible or God. I will argue from a pure scholarly POV. Not as a preacher, a wannabe theologian, a Christian enthusiast, a Bible-thumper, etc. I'm not attempting to convince you Jesus is real, hell is real, etc. This is a textual & context debate, not a theological & spiritual seminar. And to Pro, please limit your examples up to 3 alleged contradictions (as separate points) to ensure this debate reads smoothly and efficient.
I ask the judges to review the comment section and review Con Comment #05 (it is labelled as such). Also judges, as you can see in my R1, I made an error with Proposition progression. R1 was acceptance, R2 was for Pro to be the first to make his first case. That wasn't possible so I amended the progression for me to give an Opening Statement that really wouldn't cause you to judge it during voting period. I even, in good sportmanship, removed my Secondary Evidence privilege, retained Pro's SE, and allowed Pro to have the last word instead of me. If any of that is unreasonable and unfair to your intellectual judgment then count it against me. if not, and if you choose too, count against Pro's illogical argument to botch this debate.
Finally, since Pro didn't provide any biblical contradictions for me to debunk, I cannot rebut "nothing". Pro needs to present some contradiction in R3 and a valid case in R4.
dannyc forfeited this round.
This is shameful. You have completely derailed my debate.
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