My Spring semester began this week, and i started reading yesterday for the Philosophy class I am taking. The class is geared more towards "Christian Evidences" and deals with apologetics of the Christian faith. The first chapter is titled, "Knowing Christianity is True", and deals mostly with trying to convince the readers that you can KNOW (as if proven) that (among other things) the Bible is true... And how can you know? Well the Bible says so, of course. This is called circular reasoning. (the authors are arguing the need for apologetics, which I also don't agree with... But that is neither here nor there.)
Do you think one can KNOW that the Bible is true?
this question is more complex than it looks because first you would need to explain and define the question itself. What does it mean for the Bible to be true? Is it historical fact? Can it be true and fiction at the same time? In other words, your idea of what "true" means may be different than another's.
For example, what does it mean to say that the story of Adam and Eve found in Genesis 3 is true? For some, it must be historical in that there once had to have lived two literal people who were fooled by a real talking snake in an enchanted garden that no longer exists. To some if the historical event didn't happen then it can't be true.
While some find truth in the story's meaning and symbolism rather than believing in an actual historical event or actual historical people. (I've heard people claim that if you deny a real Adam then you deny Jesus.)
What do you think? Can one KNOW the Bible is true as my text book argues?