The premise of the debate was whether or not the New Testament is reliable. This was a continuation from a previous discussion we had on the subject of the manuscript evidence. I argue that the argumentation Pastor Joe fallaciously uses to support his assertions are flawed. These are the central issues we discuss and the arguments he supports which I do not.
- Over 5,000 Greek manuscripts from before 325 C.E (A.D.) - Only 40 lines are in question - Is accurate within 99.5% amongst the manuscripts. - He also claims that the NT is more reliable than the Iliad.
I thoroughly refute every one of these claims and address several issues (like contradictions) which lend credence to my premise that the NT is not a reliable amongst its earliest texts.
By the end of the debate Joe concedes that:
- Only 6% (300+) of the manuscripts were written prior to the 9th century. - The 40 lines argument is flawed and unsubstantiated. - Instead of 99.5% the bible is closer to 62.9% (which is lower than the Iliad).
This was not a very productive debate since we seemed to be talking past each other for the majority of the time. If you decide to listen to it make sure you listen to the last fifteen minutes which he gets officially PWNED!!