The Bible is Not God

“The Bible is not God, nor is it a substitute for God, and to treat it as if it were God or a surrogate of God is to treat it in the very way that it itself condemns over and over again.” – Peter J. Gomes, The Good Book: Discovering The Bible’s Place In Our Lives, [Read More...]

The Nippur Flood Tablet and Genesis

Peter Bekins sent me the following by e-mail, and I thought I should share it with readers here, with his permission: _______ In light of the recent Facebook discussion on your wall re the flood and the Grand Canyon in which one gentleman was adamant that the Bible predates the Babylonian myths and since you [Read More...]

Do You Want The Truth?

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Thoughts on Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God #SBLAAR14

Today I am a panelist in an SBL session about Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. I thought I would share my notes here both for regular blog readers not attending SBL, for those at SBL who wanted to attend the session and could not, and for those at the session who may find [Read More...]

How to Treat the Bible

The quote from Gregory C. Jenks comes from an article on the Progressive Christianity website, written back in 2011, “Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally.” Click through to read it. Neither the Bible nor God is well served by any tactics that seek to protect the Bible from scrutiny. We must, therefore, resist any [Read More...]

Heading to #SBLAAR14 #AARSBL #SBLAAR

I’m traveling today to San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. I have scheduled some posts to appear during this period, and also hope to blog about the conference while there. But I thought I should mention my travels, both as prelude to such [Read More...]

Richard Carrier and Illiterate Country Hicks

As readers of this blog probably know, I wrote a short and focused review of one aspect of Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus for The Bible and Interpretation. I am planning to follow up with another such focused review, probably focused on the use of the Rank-Raglan scale in assessing historicity. But there are lots [Read More...]

Mythconceptions

IO9 shared an infographic about widespread misconceptions. Those relating to religion and to science intersect with the focuses of this blog, and so I thought I should share it in a post of its own (I mentioned it in a post previously). [Read more...]

Barack Obama: I’m Not Saying You Were Aliens, But…

I support the separation of church and state, and am pretty sure that the President of the United States has any business quoting Exodus or any part of the Bible in an official speech. On the other hand, contrary to what conspiracy theorists are sure to come up with soon if they haven't already, this [Read More...]

Nina Makarova – Symphony in D Minor

When I heard this piece, I looked to see what I could learn about the composer. Not only was she a great composer in her own right, but Nina Makarova was also the wife of Aram Khachaturian! [Read more...]

Blogger Session at #SBLAAR14

The Blogger session at SBL will include two papers, offered by Kimberly Majeski and Jim Linville, to be followed by a panel which will include Chris Keith, Anthony LeDonne, Dan McClellan, and perhaps others (if you are a biblioblogger who will be there, and want to participate, please feel free to get in touch – [Read More...]


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