I know what I said, but I can’t help myself.
Our little friend said, and I quote “I am an historian”. So far , all I’ve seen demonstrated is an autodidact who has a poor teacher. IMO, If our friend has indeed attended university and has been given a degree in history, he /she/it should ask for a refund.
The claim about the dead sea scrolls was a bit of a howler. I guess I should be charitable and allow the possibility that he got The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Nag Hamadi texts confused, easy enough to do for a non professional, I’ve done it myself.
Oh, I had only a year at University in [modern] history. Over the last 25 years, I’ve read only non fiction (history). Last five years I’ve concentrated on Biblical History with the odd foray into ancient Egypt. Yet I remain a relatively ignorant person and am unable to call myself an historian.
The claims about The Book of Genesis show vividly that this person knows little or nothing about fairly basic science or evolution*** . The claim about the Old Testament having information about dinosaurs was pretty funny.
I think focusing on claims about things the bible gets right may be an example of confirmation bias . IE One simply ignores all the errors, focusing only on things which are right.****
Learning about history is a wonderful thing and great fun. However, if one wants to discuss such leaning with others, one should perhaps learn the basics of critical thinking (Especially when one’s audience clearly knows more than oneself) and still check one’s facts.
Twerps such as “God Is real” want the name without the actual study and consistent effort demanded of the scholar. It crumbles my cookies…
***On claims of biblical inerrancy, I recommend “Misquoting Jesus” I think professor Ehrman was still a conservative christian when he wrote it. (or he was when he began)