The folks at Project Reason have created the striking poster above as a visual for what they claim are 439 contradictions found in the bible. The full poster can be downloaded free here. As impressive as the visual is, the list is a little underwhelming. Some of the contradictions are mere semantics and many others are easily explained. There are even a few duplicates and typos. However, some of the examples do offer difficult solutions with profound theological implications.
In the poster each chapter in the bible is represented by a white line whose length correlates with the length of the chapter. The red lines connect chapters that appear to offer contradictions. Of course, depending on ones view of scripture and hermeneutical framework this may or may not seem like a very big deal. But in my mind this is important. I recognize that there are problematic passages of scripture, and I do not shy away from that reality. However, in this case it is important because a catchy image + striking statistic = viral marketing in our google it-see it-copy it-paste it culture, and this particular campaign is full of a lot of misleading information.
So, what can we do about it? Well, luckily there are some people who have gotten the ball rolling. Lex Wisniewski, along with some help from others, is posting responses to each of the 439 contradictions on the blog at The Esther Project. How can you get involved?
- Follow the progress of the project (you may want to start here).
- Comment on the posts there (the more dialogue the better).
- Check out some of the claimed contradictions (you will need to download the pdf to do that) and research them yourself.
- Pick an upcoming contradiction (Lex is currently on #51) and submit some research to the team at The Esther Project for them to use in their responses.
- Highlight this effort from The Esther Project by creating your own post, or simply reblog (WordPress users) this one.
- Share this post via Twitter, Facebook, Email, etc.
- Challenge yourself to be diligent in addressing these objections to scripture so that you might always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).
My concern is that projects such as the poster highlighted above are easy to find on the internet, while informed, reasonable responses can be hard to come by. Together we can make it easy to find responses to all 439 supposed contradictions. If you are willing to help this effort by sharing this post, or contributing in any other way, please take a moment to comment and let us know what you have done.