Tuesday 28 April 2015

True stories

An odd moment in Mike Bird’s chapter in the Five Views of Inerrancy book:

“Ancient historians were storytellers, not modern journalists, so naturally they were given to creativity in their narratives and filled in the gaps on details where necessary.” (p.168)

Two questions:

      1. That might be true of ancient historians (allowing for the rather massive generalisation) but how does it fit with Luke 1:1-4, 2 Peter 1:16, 1 John 1:1-3? Would Luke, Peter and John call themselves storytellers without reservation?

      2. Modern journalists: not given to creativity? Really? 

      We really need to get away from this modern history = objectiveancient history = creative idea.
       All history writing is selective and subjective. It can nevertheless be true and accurate in whatever it describes.