Job Creation: The Beginning

This cartoon from The New Yorker came to my attention via Facebook: The comments on the Facebook page were interesting, with many pointing out that the perspective of Genesis is that God did create jobs for Adam and Eve: gardening. But is it the job of God or government to create jobs for human beings? [Read More…]

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Hagar as Woman, Slave and Wife

It is useful to discuss what is going on with Christopher Rollston at Emmanuel Christian Seminary from the perspective of academic freedom. But it is also important to pay attention to the matter that sparked it all: Biblical studies, and what Chris referred to as the “marginalization of women” in the Bible. That terminology doesn’t [Read More…]

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The Tree of Idiocy

“See that thou partakest not of the fruit of the tree of idiocy that is in the midst of the living room. For in the day after day after day that thou partakest of it, thou shalt surely become brain dead.” From Non Sequitur [Read more…]

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Han Shot First (An Analogy for Creationism)

Bob Cargill has posted a wonderful analogy between reception history of the Bible and Star Wars. He makes great points, such as The ‘correct’ interpretation of a myth does not necessarily confirm the historicity of the myth. and Arguing over the best way to interpret a story does not prove the story historical, factual, or [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Chris Heard)

This is…a plea that we follow Augustine and divest ourselves of the notion that interpreting a text literally means taking it as an historically accurate account of things that happened in time and space. If the text isn’t an historical narrative, then treating it as an historical narrative is not properly a literal interpretation. — Chris Heard, “Interpreting Genesis [Read More…]

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Genesis – Blood on the Rooftops

Someone managed to combine video footage of Steve Hackett playing live with the recording of the original album version of the Genesis song “Blood on the Rooftops” from the album Wind & Wuthering, together with images that (for all the corniness of some of them) manage to convey the meaning of this classic song to [Read More…]

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Review of Seven Glorious Days, by Karl Giberson

There are many books about the early chapters of Genesis, and many books introducing readers to the scientific understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. But there are few which actually try to combine the two aims into one. Karl Giberson’s book, Seven Glorious Days: A Scientist Retells the Genesis Creation Story, and [Read More…]

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Messianism in Music

The song  “One for the Vine” by Genesis (written mainly by Tony Banks, I believe) has some fascinating lyrics, which I will include below the video. The video is a rare live recording – here is a link to the original album version if you prefer that.   “One for the Vine” Fifty thousand men were sent [Read More…]

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Fundamentalists Lacking Conviction

Robin Parry has a post on the blog Running Heads entitled “Fundamentalists – Have the Courage of Your Convictions.” In it he writes, I wonder why fundamentalists are so keen to believe in a literal seven-day creation and yet do not campaign against space flight (in case someone crashes into the sky-dome and cracks it) [Read More…]

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Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Believe That Creation Was Finished in Six Days

I have been having an interesting conversation on Facebook with someone who describes himself as a young-earth creationist. I was surprised when this individual said that it is a problem for Christians who accept evolution that God is said thereby to have made diseases and other things which Christ fought against. It seems to me [Read More…]

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Admiral Ackbar on Genesis 3

Joel Watts shared the above photo on Facebook. I remember some people not getting the point when I shared the meme image with Admiral Ackbar at the Last Supper warning “It's a trap!!!” I wonder whether this one will be any different. As soon as I saw the image, it reminded me of another image [Read More…]

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