A recent blog post praises the Mike D’Virgilio’s book, Uninvented. A book which I found to be unconvincing and poorly argued. The author appears to be saying that he finds the bible believable because he wants to believe it. Mike will of course deny that’s his position, but that was the impression I got from reading it. His constant deferring to ‘verisimilitude’ is what gives this impression.
In typical fundamentalist Christian fashion, this blog post praises Mike’s book,
(https://snyderssoapbox.com/2023/03/15/a-review-of-holy-bible-uninvented-by-mike-dvirgilio/) and also contains a link to the Unbelievable? conversation that I had with Mike.
I can not recommend Mike’s book, at all. Reading it was a deeply frustrating experience. The conversation we had on Unbelievable? revealed a naïve simplicity in his approach to biblical reliability. One which goes against standard historical approaches. His book contains claims which are demonstrably false; that the ancient culture in the bible didn’t have it in them to write fiction, that book translations found in the dead sea scroll were word perfect. When Mike’s book can’t even be relied upon to get these simple checkable facts right, then how on earth can it be expected to get other things right?
Look out for upcoming episodes of Still Unbelievable!, where we interview Mike, and also discuss the comments under the YouTube video of the discussion.