R. Paul Buchman 2010

BURR'S NOT-CONTRAS EXPLAINED

 

 

The list of 1001 contradictions on this website includes all but three of Burr's 144. The three I left out are the following.

(1) [B, 22]: GOD'S ATTRIBUTES ARE REVEALED IN HIS WORKS. // GOD'S ATTRIBUTES CANNOT BE DISCOVERED.

(This contradiction is also [H, 72]. )

Burr uses the following verses to illustrate the contradiction.

ROM 1:19, For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse. (NAB)
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JOB 11:7-9,
Can you penetrate the designs of God? Dare you vie with the perfection of the Almighty? It is deeper than the nether world; what can you know? It is longer than the earth in measure, and broader than the sea. (NAB)

ISA 40:28, Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. (NAB)

These verses contrast God's attributes of power and divinity with his designs, intentions, and knowledge. God's knowledge could be included under omniscience, but designs and intentions are not attributes. An attribute is defined as a quality, characteristic, or property of something. An intention is usually defined as an act or a purpose. Knowledge is acquaintance with or awareness of facts, truths, or principles, or a body of such facts, truths and principles which can be known. Because attributes are not the same thing as designs and intentions, these verses do not really contradict each other.

 

(2) [B, 61]: ALL THE CATTLE AND HORSES IN EGYPT DIED. // ALL THE HORSES OF EGYPT DID NOT DIE.

EXO 9:3,6, Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep.... And all the cattle of Egypt died.
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EXO 14:9, But the Egyptians pursued after them (all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army) and overtook them encamping by the sea.

EXO 9:3,6 do not explicitly say that all the horses died, like it does the cattle, so I'm not sure that this is a contradiction.

 

(3) [B, 139; H, 354] THE FEAR OF MAN WAS TO BE UPON EVERY BEAST. // THE FEAR OF MAN IS NOT UPON THE LION.

GEN 9:2, And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
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PRO 30:30, A
lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

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" 'Turneth not away for any' is too vague a passage for us to say this means it doesn't fear men. While I would agree this says something about a lion's bravery, the 'any' could apply to beasts only, and not men. And even if it does include men, the 'turneth not away' could mean that it faces its fear of men, just like people are often told to face their fears instead of turning away. Not a contradiction." - kingdavid8

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I tend to agree with the apologist in this case. The LXX version is definitely not a contradiction. I think the OAB and TAN versions also imply that the lion fears no other animal. The NAB version is a contradiction. I decided to go with the majority here.

NAB: The lion, mightiest of beasts, who retreats before nothing;

OAB: the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;

TAN: The lion is mightiest among beasts, And recoils before none;

LXX: a lion's whelp, strongest of the animals, which does not back-off nor fears any animal,