The 'King James Only' movement and atheism
Read more.A number of Christian apologists have blasted skeptics for sharing common ground with the wackiest of religious believers on a number issues. For example, many atheists maintain that the Bible teaches a literal six-day creation, or that Revelation is to be taken as a literal text. Whether believers or skeptics, the people who hold such views often understand the Bible in an absolutist sense, rarely considering its historical context or the author's purpose in writing.
I just finished James White's The King James Only Controversy and discovered another fundamentalist tendency of the skeptical crowd: like the King James defenders, skeptics often believe that the text of the Bible should have been perfectly preserved down through the centuries, and they often make the same arguments in support of this thesis. I supposed I've always been aware of this similarity, but never connected the dots. Let's explore it a little bit.