This is the 6th in the series of articles title..The Atheist and Christian Discussion.
This post is a little different to the previous posts for in it I’m not discussing any idea’s or ideals of faith. Rather the intent of this post is to lay out the scientific framework that is used to establish the historical reliability of all ancient historical texts. This area of discussion is important for the acknowledgement of what are the established scientific literary parameters used to establish the historical accuracy of all ancient texts, from which we draw upon for our knowledge base of history.
C Sanders outlines the three basic principals used to establish this framework in his Introduction to research in English literacy.
- Bibliographical test. This is the method used to establish how reliable the copies of ancient texts are in proportion to the number of available texts for comparison.
- Internal evidence test. This testing method approaches and engages with the document on its own merits and not from the position of our own prior bias’s.
- External evidence test. This testing method confirms or denies the internal evidence of the documents with external evidences.
It’s important to note this framework of testing. For it is within this established pattern of testing for historical reliability of ancient manuscripts that I intend on applying to the Bible in my future post.