Did god write the bible?

Devil505

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What does "divinely inspired" mean?

Mick Jagger could claim that he was divinely inspired when he wrote Jumpin' Jack Flash, and how would you go about proving that he wasn't?
It's called "Faith" and conmen like Trump have used it all their lives to cheat people.

Reagan: Trust but verify
I am not arguing that opinion. You asked why people believe the bible is more divine than moby dick. I answered that more people believe it in a way that you believe melville has more proof of divine inspiration.
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What does "divinely inspired" mean?

Mick Jagger could claim that he was divinely inspired when he wrote Jumpin' Jack Flash, and how would you go about proving that he wasn't?
Generally speaking?

Divine inspiration - Wikipedia

Divine inspiration is the concept of a supernatural force, typically a deity, causing a person or people to experience a creative desire. It has been a commonly reported aspect of many religions, for thousands of years. Divine inspiration is often closely tied to the concept of revelation, the belief in information being revealed or disclosed through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity or entities.

From a catholic perspective:

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Inspiration of the Bible
 
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One must observe data before forming the hypothesis. One does not simply manifest a theory from thin air, so to speak.
Clearly, you do not understand what you are talking about.

General relativity started as a thought experiment -- out of thin air, as you put it. It even rests on a most counter-intuitive postulate -- that the speed of light is constant in all inertial reference frames.

It's acceptance by the scientific community rests on its prediction of gravitational parallax and postdiction of the eccentricity of mercury's orbit.
 
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Generally speaking?

Divine inspiration - Wikipedia

Divine inspiration is the concept of a supernatural force, typically a deity, causing a person or people to experience a creative desire. It has been a commonly reported aspect of many religions, for thousands of years. Divine inspiration is often closely tied to the concept of revelation, the belief in information being revealed or disclosed through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity or entities.

From a catholic perspective:

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Inspiration of the Bible

In other words, generally speaking, the concept of divine inspiration is an unfounded belief in magic. I'm not particularly impressed by the fact that such beliefs have existed for thousands of years. There is essentially no difference between asserting that a literary work was written directly by the hand of God versus asserting that it was "divinely inspired".

 
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In other words, generally speaking, the concept of divine inspiration is an unfounded belief in magic. I'm not particularly impressed by the fact that such beliefs have existed for thousands of years. There is essentially no difference between asserting that a literary work was written directly by the hand of God versus asserting that it was "divinely inspired".

It is not unfounded nor is it magic.

When your founding fathers wrote about 'self-evident truths' that eventually became the basis of the supreme law of the land, did you imagine them writing about an 'unfounded belief in magic'?
 

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