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Letter of the day: The Bible was not written by philosophers, but by multiple authors inspired by the divine

Faith and truth

I refer to Brian McClinton's letter (Write Back, June 21) regarding the Bible and philosophy.

Biblical authors were not writing as philosophers, but were inspired by God. His purpose was to reveal himself and the way of salvation to mankind. However, their work embraces subjects addressed by philosophers.

Accepting the Bible as God's truth is not blind faith. It was written over a period of 1,600 years by 40 authors, yet the central theme is remarkably consistent: the messiah promised immediately after the fall of man.

This was fulfilled in Jesus, who had all He said vindicated by his resurrection. The historical grounds for believing this have been set forth by philosopher Dr William Lane Craig.

Contrary to Dr Nick Canning's claim (Write Back, June 25) that theology is impervious to facts, they are actually complementary. It was through examining the latest scientific discoveries that the late professor of philosophy, Antony Flew, abandoned atheism.

During his early studies, Alister McGrath, of Belfast, concluded that science could explain everything and God did not exist. But while reading books on the philosophy of science, he found that his belief was on shaky ground. During his degree course, he explored Christianity and is now a theologian.

Regarding abortion, the Bible is clear. Read Psalm 139.

Purpose is a subject often debated by philosophers. So, I conclude with John 20:30-31: "Jesus did many other miraculous signs, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."

DONALD GALE

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