Yesterday I got an email from a reader in Illinois who claims that the Bible’s truth is attested by its prescience about later events. In Faith Versus Fact, I claimed that if the Bible had been uncannily accurate about things that were to happen in the distant future, that would be some evidence for an Abrahamic divinity.
But see how prescient this guy thought it was!:
How does the Big Bang/”Let there be light” not pass the uncannily priescient [sic] test you lay out for religion? Or the placebo effect in medicine? Or the Book of Daniel prediction that “Grecia” will be a great Middle East power, 400 years before Alexander the Great? Or David writing “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want” 750 years before Siddhartha said that desire is the cause of suffering? (No archaeological proof of David? Have you read the Book of Psalms? We have more insight into the heart of David, and more proof he had a heart, than we do into that of, say, Hillary Clinton or Ronald Reagan.)
The part about David and Psalm 23 cracks me up. As for the “placebo effect,” I have no idea what he’s talking about.