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People distrust the Bible, and the Christian faith, generally. It’s a thing. There are plenty of good reasons for this (the most obvious being that Christians spend a lot of time behaving like hypocrites, petulant children, or judgmental a**holes), but there are also a lot of utterly awful reasons for this hanging around in anti-theist circles today, and it is frequently difficult to separate the good arguments against Christianity from the bad. Christianity itself being largely unable to differentiate between the two, and occasionally being strait-jacketed by its own theology to emphasize certain approaches to defending itself over others, I find that a lot of perfectly reasonable and intelligent arguments made by sensible people earnestly curious about or struggling with the Christian faith and the Christian Bible, go utterly unnoticed.
So let’s talk about some of the biggest issues standing between smart people and belief in the Bible and what it has to say.