Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill (2002)

I am about half way through this book and finding that Cahill may not believe

2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

He is taking the approach of a human historian reviewing historical documents written by humans.  What does it matter if the writer was not present at an event if his writing is inspired by God?  Does someone taking dictation need to have first hand knowledge of an event in order to write what is being dictated?  No, of course not. 

There are some areas of the Bible where we may not be sure that what we have is the original content (for example the end of Mark’s Gospel) and there are differences in translation from the original language, however, we are not free to pick and choose what is correct based on who we think might have witnessed an event.  We know that God witnessed every event and inspired the writers.  We are not talking about reporters doing their best to write down what they saw these are God’s chosen instruments recording the Truth.

I will continue to read Cahill’s book and add comments to this if I see a turnaround in the second half but I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not have a strong foundational faith in the Scriptures as God’s inerrant truth.


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