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The Errancy of Fundamentalism Disproves the God of the Bible 1 Introduction This essay will investigate the often-made claim from Christians that the Bible is the inspired word of god a corollary of which is that it is perfectly without error This view is exemplified by the following statement of Jimmy Swaggart a Pentecostal pastor One of the most basic tenants of the Christian faith is that the Scriptures are inerrant Because the Bible is Gods Word it is entirely error-free Swaggart 1987 p 8 1 It will be argued that this view - which will be referred to as Fundamentalism - is the only possible logical view of the Bible for a Christian but that it is incorrect and therefore that the Christian god2 does not exist More formally the argument of this essay can be expressed in the following manner 1 If the Christian god as defined in footnote 2 exists there is a being who is omnipotent omniscient and perfectly good propositonal function 2 If there is a being who is omnipotent omniscient and perfectly good his revelation is error-free unambiguously clear and objectively verifiable as true propositional function 3 The Bible is neither error-free unambiguously clear nor objectively verifiable proposition based on observation C The Christian god does not exist We shall begin by examining the nature of this god and what implications it has for our analysis of the Bible 2 The Logic of Fundamentalism Let us for the sake of argument proceed under the premise that the Christian god does indeed exist although there are convincing reasons independent of the arguments of this essay to reject a belief in his existence see eg Smith 1979 and Martin 1990 1991 The Christian view of god is that he is omnipotent3 omniscient omnibenevolent omnipresent
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