Answer Key for Dan Barker's "Bible Contradictions"

As we have noted in our essay on his autobiography Losing Faith in Faith, Dan Barker's level of scholarship is fairly low. However, we present 21 alleged contradictions that remained from our previous engagement with Jim Meritt that did not find twins in Barker's book. One of his objections we will not address, however: the one that has to do with slavery in the Bible, an issue addressed by Glenn Miller and by me here. As for the rest - here they are.


See here.


Should we tell lies?

Compare Joshua 2:4-6 with James 2:25.

Now answered here.


Exodus 3:22 "And ye shall spoil the Egyptians." is pitted against Exodus 12:35-36, "And they spoiled [plundered, NRSV] the Egyptians."

How exactly is this stealing? Ex. 12:35-36 says that the Israelites asked the Egyptians for stuff, and the Egyptians gave it to them. (Though Barker leaves that part out.)

But if you still object, consider this: It is inarguable that the United States owed African-Americans restitution after slavery; so certainly the Egyptians owed the Israelites some tribute.


Donkey Thief

Now answered here.


Now answered here.

Graven Images

Now answered here.


Now answered here.

Changing Mind

Now answered here.

God and Evil

Now answered here.

Trusting Jesus


Calling People Fools

Now answered here.

Multiple Gods?

Answered here


All Sinners

Now answered here.


Now answered here. Barker says that a "True Fundamentalist" must believe in the inerrancy of transmission. For a reply to this, see my essay on Inerrancy and Human Ignorance.

For more on copyist errors, see the essay on that topic.


Now answered here.

Crucifixion Time

Now answered here.

Obeying the Laws

Now answered here.


Were women and men created equal?

Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."


Genesis 2:18,23 "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. . . .

I'm not sure what the problem is here, since Barker doesn't explain it. So, no answer.

Iron Chariots

Now answered here, Judges 1:19.

God and Light

Now answered here.

Human Sacrifice

Now answered here.