Sunday, December 16, 2012

Morris Bender on Skepticism

“A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it is a forgery.”

– Morris Bender


  1. John Moore December 17, 2012

    Well, is it a forgery? Perhaps there's some evidence suggesting a forgery. Just because something's written, that doesn't mean you should believe it.

  2. James December 17, 2012

    I'm pretty sure most people here have already considered claims of evidence of forgery. While the quote itself is a bit uncharitable toward the skeptic, nothing in it says anything like what you are claiming the reasoning is behind believing any ancient testimonies.

    Just check out Daniel B. Wallace or Michael Licona's works for the details. There are even a couple of debates between Wallace and Ehrman where Ehrman's claims are met head-on.

  3. Brian Auten December 17, 2012

    For a bit of background about the phrase, "writing on the wall" see:

    The point of the quote, it seems to me, is to mock the kind of skepticism that some people have that, when something is happening right in front of them, in plain sight, yet they will deny its reality.

    In other words, sometimes skeptics go against reason in an over-commitment to their skepticism, perhaps.

  4. MaryLou December 17, 2012

    You can also see responses to Ehrman's claims regarding forgeries at the following site:

    Scholars such as Darrell Bock and Ben Witheringon respond to individual statements Ehrman has made in this books. There are both videos and transcripts available.

  5. John D Cogan 2B an Artist December 17, 2012

    The quote really only makes sense in the context of Daniel 5. Still, perhaps it should read "a close-minded skeptic…" or perhaps "an unyielding skeptic…" We are all skeptical at times, but the skepticism that will not yield in the face of convincing proof to the contrary is irrational.