For the non scholar-theologian who has not read the vast array of
opinions in the volumes of research on Mesopotamian myths and is
probably not even familiar with the documentary hypothesis, yet opens
the Bible to Genesis; how can they distinguish "myth" from "fact"?
At least with form/redaction criticism, we can (usually?) say that X
is a parable, not an actual event in the life of Jesus (for example) .
Yet what similar clues can we use to decide whether the authors of the
OT book of Genesis meant the writings to be factual, semi-factual,
This seems rather important for apologetics. I acknowledge the severe
difficulties in a scholarly endeaver (honestly), but if we claim "the
Bible is Truth", and then we equivocate on a skeptic's questions, what
can we expect the skeptic to say?
Yes, I think (personally) that the bible is inspired (it's mere
survival alone says something about its importance to human culture),
but whether I appreciate the Bible or not, most of my effort is wasted
on trying to convince people to get beyond the tiresome first book
by Grace we do proceed,