Re: [asa] Methodological Atheism in Biblical Studies

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <>
Date: Sun Oct 05 2008 - 00:11:55 EDT

I think we are all seeking truth. Even the rascals who sickened and
killed the Chinese babies were seeking truth. But they asked, "How can we
make more money from the milk cows we have?" If they had asked, "What
effects will adding melamine to diluted milk have? What will happen if
the results are damaging and we get caught?" they probably would have
acted differently. Tunnel vision is a common problem with human beings.

We are able to seek for truth within the assumptions we have, the ones we
believe true, not within the ones that are surely true. Truth is a
standard, not something guaranteed to us. However, where we have a means
to check, as in science, we have a better chance of approximating
strictly true statements. Tragically, we do not now have the same kind of
checking for religious views. One who is indoctrinated with materialistic
views may very well reject all religion. Those indoctrinated with
specific religious tenets may well reject other views.

Individuals know whether they are sincere, but, unfortunately, claims of
sincerity are made by rascals.
Dave (ASA)

On Sat, 4 Oct 2008 19:15:08 -0700 PvM <> writes:
I find that somewhat ironic.. Who is truly seeking the truth... The
wonderful world of the circular argument. What about a religious person
truly seeking the truth and come to reject religion?

What gives us the privileged position to define truth? Even from a
scientific perspective I find such a position troubling.

Then again, I am a mere physicist myself.

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Alexanian, Moorad <>

I am no theologian but a mere physicist. However, when you analyze
anything, science or theology, you must make same presuppositions. What
kind of study can a person who is an atheist contribute to biblical
studies? Of course, I do believe that even an atheist who is truly
seeking the truth while making sense in his biblical scholarship can be
enlightened and find the truth which is Christ.
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