the Bible is not the Greatest Book Ever Written
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Firstly to address my opponent's claim that the positive reviews are just Christians. Yes they are Christian reviews of a book that is front and center of their faith. That doesn't change the fact that Christians are people and have the same right to review a book as an agnostic like me, or any person of any creed.
The bible is the greatest book (collection of books bound as one) because;
1) the purpose of a book is to share knowledge and to entertain.
The Bible has done both very well, and for a very long time. Regardless of any person's personal conviction on if the bible is fiction or non fiction, there are many very entertaining stories contained within its pages and there is a realistic glimpse into history that has inspired people for millennia.
This inspiration is arguably responsible for the earliest explorations of our physical world. Many people educated in Christian schools were the brightest minds of their time. Many inventions owed their discovery to these religious scholars. And beyond that many great works of art would have never been funded if not for the church, and the church wouldn't exist if not for the bible.
The printing press was invented specifically to make copying the bible easier.
This book has accomplished far more than telling a story or converting believers, it has comforted people on their death bed and compelled them to tell the truth in a court of law.
This book has served as a safe place to document complex family trees and has even been used as a learning tool by teachers all over the world when books were much less accessible.
It has simultaneously connected us to the past whilst guiding us in the future.
Even if it is a complete fiction, it has taught us the value of feeding the poor, healing the sick and loving our enemies. It has urged us not to ignore the stranded traveller. It has given us the bravery to question authority.
If books were living organisms who must reproduce or go extinct, the bible would be the most successful organism of all.
Your point about the disgusting side of the Bible is very true. However you can not judge a book written thousands of years ago by modern values. The world that existed while the many books of the Bible were written was a very different world than we live in today. Slavery was common place and was not ethnocentric like the slavery of the 1800s in America.
Warfare like that urged upon the Amalekites was common place in those times. people were very tribal and lived in small war like communities. The Amalekites followed the Hebrews through the desert during their journey to the promised land and constantly were raiding them for supplies, this caused much death and suffering for the Hebrews. Everything in history must be considered within the context of events leading up to that history.
The other spiritual books you've mentioned are very related to the Bible, for example the Talmud contains the exact same stories about Amalek. The Koran was based upon the religious books of the Bible and even recognizes Jesus as a prophet.
There is no doubt that Muhammad (PBUH) was well aware of Jesus, the Bible and influenced by those works just like the billions of other people who have been inspired by the Bible over the last 2 millennia.
There are definitely different ways to assign "The greatest book" title. Most of those assignments are based on opinion, and opinion is obviously subjective.
But if we look at the objective facts that we know about all the books in the world. The Bible clearly wins in a number of categories.
It has been translated into the most languages
It has been reprinted the most times.
it has the largest number of followers (as the religion it represents)
and last but not least it has inspired the writing of the most secondary literature which exist specifically to discuss "The Bible" in its many forms.
It has been a huge pleasure to debate you about this subject. I wasn't aware that you were Jewish, knowing that I would love to talk to you about Josephus and the world that existed around 70AD.
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Reasons for voting decision: Both sides were well thought out I would argue this to be an excellent discussion of the bible by two non-Christians
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