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Infographic of the Day: What The Bible Got Wrong

This fascinating chart I read about at FactoDesign shows contradictions between verses in the Bible. It is from Project Reason (“a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society”). The red lines are drawn between the verses that contradict each other.

My favourite part of the article I linked to is this line, “So to anyone who thinks the Bible’s the last word on anything, remember this: It isn’t even the last word on itself.”

I suppose that the source of the chart would make you think that they are trying to discredit the Bible. However, we Mormons might have a different view than most. We’ve always accepted the fact that the Bible is not perfect. After all, We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. So seeing something like this doesn’t bother me at all.

A few other thoughts/questions:

  • It would be interesting to see the chart without links between the Old and New Testament (separating the old and new laws)
  • Can the contradictions be ranked or categorized? A contradiction of an age by a few years, or a location by the next city over doesn’t seem like much of a contradiction.
  • Do all the contradictions exist in all the “standard” (or popular) version of the Bible?
  • It’d be neat to see this done for the Book of Mormon as well. Does it “hold up” better?

Ultimately, does this really matter at all? Sure, it is interesting to look at and think about, but does it really affect anyone’s faith or how they perceive the Bible? I suspect not. If you believe the Bible, you’ll still believe the Bible. If you don’t, then you still won’t.

New Gospel Art Book

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Quite a few years ago my wife purchased the Gospel Art Picture kit. It was around $30, and seemed like a great resource to have around the house. Now, the Church has released a nice new resource called the Gospel Art Book. I’m sure this will end up replacing the Gospel Art Picture Kit in most homes (this is probably not something that will end up in PDF format on the Church site, because there are some copyrighted images in the book).

This book contains 137 pictures that can be used in the home or at church to enrich gospel teaching and learning. The pictures are organized into six sections: (1) Old Testament, (2) New Testament, (3) Book of Mormon, (4) Church History, (5) Gospel in Action, and (6) Latter-day Prophets.

An index lists the pictures and corresponding references to scriptures and other sources. The book includes the index in each of the following languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The book is spiral bound (like “Preach My Gospel”) and has some beautiful pictures in it. The only drawback I can see is that you can’t show two pictures at the same time, since the pages don’t come out.

It is priced well, too. It is $3.50 for a single book, but only $1.50 when purchased in a box of 20. We’ll probably buy a box for the ward so the members get the cheaper price.