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In John Gramm's recent letter he stated that the Bible was the answer to all problems. He assumes the Bible to be absolutely true, or inerrant. Yet, McKinsey's Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy includes citations for hundreds of errors in the Bible. 

It was by chance that Mr. Gramm has his strong beliefs in the Bible. Too, by chance he could have been born into a family where another holy book was the basis for his belief. For example, in Judaism there are the Torah and Talmud; in Hinduism, there is Bhagavad Gita; in Islam there is the Koran; for the Mormons there is the Book of Mormon. Of course, there are other religions that have their own holy books, and there are countless tribes that have no holy book, such as the American Plains Indians, who worship The Great Spirit.

The chance circumstances of birth pertain to all people. It is akin to "a roll of the dice" that one is born a Pygmy in equatorial Africa, who is an animist; or one is born an Arab in Qatar, who believes in the Koran; and another is born in a Lutheran family in Sweden who believes in the Bible. Worldwide, there are more believers in the Koran than in any other holy book.

The Bible is neither good history nor good science, yet Mr. Gramm thinks it can solve all problems. To the contrary, advanced education is required to solve the problems in our highly technological age.

William Frinsko, Normal 


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