This is an apologetic infographic:
By this logic, then the 450 million copies of Harry Potter and the 100 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray in existence means that they are more accurate and reliable than the New Testament.
Or, it means that someone doesn’t understand how these things work.
- The earliest (say 125) is a fragment. There may be an older Gospel of Mark, but this does not make a manuscript.
- The date of composition is remarkably wrong. It is on the conservative end of the spectrum. But, beyond that, proximity of composition to said event does not make it reliable. Case in point is the sad history of Rolling Stone and the University of Virginia.
For more and for a better infographic on the NT manuscripts, see James McGrath’s recent post.
This is weak sauce apologetics. When you use words like “accuracy,” “reliability,” and “contradictions” (even when you deny they exist) you aren’t taking Scripture seriously.