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THE EMPIRICAL FUTILITY PRINCIPLE

 

 

Copyright August 4, 2005 6:03 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

The “Empirical Futility Principle” states:

 

Physical evidence alone cannot achieve 100% certainty as to what is the true text of the Bible in the original languages.

 

For example, if you had two ancient manuscripts of the Book of Jude in front of you and one started out:

 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ….

 

and the other started out:

 

Jude, the servant of Christ Jesus….

 

and YOU HAD NOTHING ELSE TO AID YOU in determining the true text, there is NO WAY YOU COULD KNOW which of the two manuscripts contained the correct introduction to the Book of Jude.  Therefore, identifying which of these two texts is the true text requires something more.

 

This example applies to every part of the Bible.  Something more than physical evidence is needed to identify the true text of the Bible.  Keep in mind that the physical evidence does, at least, prove what MIGHT BE the true text of the Bible in the original languages.  In other words, the physical evidence NARROWS DOWN the POSSIBILITIES as to what is the original language text of the Bible.

 

See the Denotation Half-Futility Principle.