When God Became the Devil

I thought I should share what Richard Beck wrote about the penal substitution theory of the atonement, which is very popular today, particularly among conservative Evangelicals: Prior to Anselm, the main atonement theory used by the church was Christus Victor. Specifically, humanity was being held captive by the Devil and Christ died to free us [Read More...]

Poor Sense of Direction

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God and Buffalo

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Scenes from #SBLAAR14

A few people took photos of me at the conference, and so I thought I would share them. I have already shared my papers. I felt that all the sessions I was involved in went well. The discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book on Saturday was great. I thought that the mix of people who agreed [Read More...]

If the Flood was Global, the Mormons are Right!

I had an interesting thought when a commenter shared how they respond to the claim that the entire globe must have been covered by the flood spoken of in Genesis. He points out that Acts 2:5 says that “there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven” in Jerusalem, which means the known world and not the [Read More...]

The Future of Evangelism?

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Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet?

This is my conference paper for the Metacriticism of Biblical Studies section at SBL: ______ Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? James F. McGrath, Butler University   ABSTRACT Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating that faculty and students are required to subscribe to a particular doctrinal statement. [Read More...]

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...]


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