First of all, this is not an endorsement or condemnation of Donald Trump or the U.S. government’s immigration policies in general. This article is simply addressing biblical interpretation errors and other fallacies in a Washington Post article written by a Yale Divinity School professor which takes issue with Franklin Graham’s insistence that immigration is not a Bible issue. Here is the article:
This is not the first article I have read this week on this subject. All of them have a common theme: Christians should let anyone immigrate to the United States because of how “strangers” are treated in the Bible. Here’s my take:
When I read the title, my response was “Yes, that’s true.” But he uses the article to argue that Christians basically need to get over the Bible’s opposition and just accept that same-sex marriage is okay. After all, he argues, the Bible is full of ancient, outdated thinking which we need to just move beyond. And science and experience has shown it to be full of misinformation. Wow! This is news to me. The Bible has been around a long time and has been attacked and critiqued by many. Yet it has survived. The reason is that it is God’s Word. It has been shown to be true time after time. This sets it apart from every other religious text.
I’m reading a book written by an agnostic critical of the Christian faIth and theism in general. It’s titled “Divinity of Doubt” by Vincent Bugliosi. It is sort of an apologetic for agnosticism, so he is also critical of atheism as well. There is no doubt that Mr. Bugliosi is an intelligent and well-educated man. His reasoning and wit in the book is engaging. He has made me thoroughly interested in the view of Christianity from an agnostic perspective. However, I am not persuaded. In this post, I would like to address just one of his criticisms which I found to be very odd. Continue reading →