Written by Phillip Nicewaner
It is almost insulting that any atheist would be asked to employ a bit of rational thought or objectivity, for that is their professed identity: reasonable and rational people. Commonly, though, an argument is presented, which states that the archaeological evidence or, rather, lack thereof in particular points of Biblical history is proof enough that the very point of “history” did not occur and, as follows, the conclusion is held that the whole is mere mythology. For a people that often profess a sort of monopoly on rational thought, though, this is quite a large error. This is, however, not an accurate conclusion, but one based on conjecture.
There most certainly is the possibility that particular events throughout human history could not be fully verified due to degraded evidence, overlapping events and structures, as well as the obscurity of historical details. It is essential, though, to suspend conclusions about the inaccuracy of events until proof of the contrary is observed, because the lack of evidence does not equal the nonexistence of particular events. What then is logical about concluding that the extraordinary events in the Bible are historical myths? Nothing whatsoever. It is important to remember that, due to the existing potential of obtaining the evidence and the possibility that the quality or existence of the evidence may be degraded, the rejection requires absolute evidence to support it beyond conjecture.