Challenge: The Bible Doesn’t Teach Scientific Insights

Here’s another challenge from “40 Problems with Christianity”—one I’ve heard atheists cite before:

The Bible lacks any insights related to science that were not understood at the time and includes many of the then-current scientific misunderstandings…. Wouldn’t the maker of the universe have communicated some basic truths about the world, such as the germ theory of disease to alleviate a lot of needless suffering? The absence of new ideas about science in the Bible is evidence that it was written by men with no inspiration from a supernatural being.

What do you think of this argument against biblical inspiration? Should we assume that a real God would have included more scientific information in the Bible? If not, why not? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and then come back on Thursday to see what Brett has to say about this challenge.

[Update: View Brett's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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Amy K. Hall