Talk:Essay:Questions "Learned" Atheists Cannot Answer

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Here's my attempt, based on what I know. How did I do? LewisS 13:02, 6 September 2009 (EDT)

  1. A book that sells 30,000 copies qualifies for the New York Times bestseller list. How many copies of the Bible sell each year? (Ballpark estimate for the United States would be fine.) I thought the Gideons gave them away. About 10 million a year, since 1450. (Based on sales of 6 billion)
  2. How many Gospels are there, and what are their different styles and messages? 4, not sure about the rest
  3. Which of the Gospels are attributed to eyewitnesses? 2 - Matthew & John
  4. In which language are the oldest manuscripts for the Gospels written? Hebrew, Aramaic, with the NT being written in Koine Greek.
  5. Who wrote the most books in the New Testament? Paul
  6. How long is the New Testament compared to an average book on the New York Times bestseller list? I assume the NT has a longer word count.
  7. Who first translated the New Testament into English based on the oldest manuscripts? Some would say John Wycliff, but they'd be wrong. The Venerable Bede and Aldhelm both translated bits of the Bible into Old English around the 7th Century.
  8. Was the English translation banned after King Henry VIII split from Rome? No, Wycliff's Bible was banned as anti-Catholic heresy before the split happened and his body was exhumed by the then-Catholic government and burnt posthumously, 30 years after his death.
  9. In what language is the Gutenberg Bible? Latin
  10. How many books are in the Bible? (Approximation is fine.) 66 - 39 OT; 27 NT
  11. What are some of the oldest books in the Bible? Some say Job, most agree on the Pentateuch being the oldest
  12. Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles? Paul
Score: about 50%. Not good, and I wonder if you looked some of the answers up. Most atheists would score far lower, however, so there is solace. Thanks for trying.--Andy Schlafly 14:16, 6 September 2009 (EDT)
The person who provided the above answers admits elsewhere that, just as I suggested above, he actually looked up the answers: "And yes, of course I looked up the answers ...."[1] Scoring only about 50% after looking up the answers is awfully pathetic.
His conclusion? "Don’t you dare tell me that you or anybody else on Conservapedia knows them off the top of your head." Ignorance loves company. Yes, atheists who claim to be learned and well-read are abysmally ignorant about the most influential book ever, and are determined to remain that way. Unless they open their minds and open a Bible, they'll be just as uninformed twenty years from now.--Andy Schlafly 09:01, 7 September 2009 (EDT)
I'd be very interested to see how well everybody - including Christians - would score on your quiz. Is there a way to conduct a test of it? Posting answers to the talk page may be unreliable, because of the temptation to see what others have answered. I know there are some web-based programs which can be used to create and automatically grade a multiple-choice test. Because it seems to me that many of those questions are far from simple, and I wouldn't expect the average person to know the answers unless they had studied theology or biblical history. For what it's worth, here's my attempt:
1. I have seen figures of 8 million mentioned before.
2. 4. (this is the easiest question, but part two is trickier). Mark's Gospel is the shortest, and linguistically the least polished, of the four. He writes about Jesus's life and works in a series of unconnected episodes; the Gospel gives the impression of being written in haste. He focuses on Jesus's miracles, particularly casting out demons and conquering evil. Matthew was written for a well-educated Jewish audience. His Gospel focuses on Jesus's teachings to his disciples, and his reaction against the Pharisees. Luke, a former physician, concentrates on Jesus's healing of the sick. John's gospel is written using much use of symbols and metaphors. His Jesus makes many pronouncements beginning with the words "I am...", and focuses on Jesus revealing Himself to man.
3. Mark and John.
4. Greek.
5. Paul.
6. Difficult to judge, as most copies of the NT are written using much smaller type, and on thinner paper, than contemporary bestsellers. If the NT was printed the same way as a modern novel, I'd guess it would be maybe 300 - 400 pages long. But I really don't know.
7. John Wycliff and his team were the first to translate it in full.
8. No.
9. Latin.
10. 72
11. Assuming that they're collected in approximately chronological order, the oldest would be Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
12. Luke.
--Eoinc 07:36, 7 September 2009 (EDT)
Very well done! 8/12. I doubt you're an atheist, unless you looked up the answers beforehand (and I doubt you did). Thanks for your impressive effort.--Andy Schlafly 09:15, 7 September 2009 (EDT)
Au contraire, Andy, I am in fact a nonbeliever. It just happens to be a topic that interests me. But thank you for your kind remarks. --Eoinc 12:52, 7 September 2009 (EDT)