QI: Quite Ignorant?

(Or, how not to argue against Christianity)

My wife and I have been enjoying QI clips recently. For “enjoying”, read “going on a YouTube spree”.

QI is a show which prides itself on dismantling Urban Myths and bogus facts. When faced with the bible, however, Stephen Fry and his guests committed such unbelievable errors as to merit a QI special taking them to task. It could be titled QI: Quite Ignorant…

Some links below refute the show in detail. I’m simply going to summarise just how bad QI’s approach was, using this 7-step guide:

How to make a bogus argument against the bible, QI style 

  1. Look at none of the evidence for the opposite side.
  2. Present a controversial claim as a historical fact.
  3. Create a spurious “reason” the biblical author “made it up”.
  4. Ignore how good an ancient historian the author was.
  5. Engage in constant mockery.
  6. Present The Davinci Code as historical fact.
  7. Make more wildly incorrect historical claims.

If you’ve come across the clip, below are some articles explaining why the show gets it so utterly wrong:

http://phillsacre.me.uk/2011/11/qi-and-quirinius-census/
https://Carm.org/was-luke-wrong-about-the-census-of-quirinius
https://www.michaeljkruger.com/five-fake-news-stories-that-people-believe-about-early-christianity/ (especially points 3 and 4)

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Vern Poythress on Genesis 1-3

Vern Poythress has a short, thought-provoking and valuable article on Genesis 1-3 here. I particularly appreciated this:

2. Many of God’s acts of creation may have been miraculous, and throughout history he may work miracles when he pleases.

Genesis 1–3 is radically at variance with modern thinking in elite cultures of the West. Modern thinking considers Genesis 1–3 to be obsolete, but that is mainly because it has absorbed the assumption that the world goes on by itself. It thinks of God as either nonexistent or relevant only at an internal psychological level. Genesis 1–3, by contrast, shows that God is continuously active. He is active in what is ordinary, and active when he works miracles.

A Musical Advent Calendar: Day 24!

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Scraping in right at the end of Christmas Eve — not that I expect you to read this today, or tomorrow for that matter — for the climax of our Musical Advent Calendar…

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A musical advent calendar: Day 19

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Day 19 brings us to a composer who, for friends of mine, epitomises the festive aesthetic. I wouldn’t go so far as that (not having grown up with the music serving that purpose), but his music nonetheless suits it very well.

I’ve gone with one of his less well-known Christmas works, but one I like very much.

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A musical advent calendar: Day 16

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