Is it Good for Gays and Lesbians to be Alone?

On a long drive, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with my wife and our niece, Dana, about homosexuality from a Christian perspective. In the discussion, a few points came up related to the interpretation of Genesis 2 that I want to share. On the one hand, many have asked why, if homosexuality [Read More…]

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Apocalyptic Philadelphia Freedom

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we discussed the message addressed to the church in Philadelphia in Revelation chapter 3. There are a number of interesting details, but in this post I want to highlight one of them. In Revelation 3:10, the author places this promise to the church in Philadelphia on the [Read More…]

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Christian Diversity Explained?

The above is another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. On the same topic, see Liberal Baptist Rev’s “Goofed-Up Bible” version of John 1:1:  “In the beginning was the Bible.  And because the Bible was clear, humankind was saved from endless debates about what God expected. “ [Read more…]

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Marry Like an Egyptian

Someone on Facebook mentioned, as part of an argument against same-sex marriage, a passage in Maimonides saying that the ancient Egyptians would marry a man to a man and a woman to a woman. To me, this seemed to provide still more support for an argument in the precise opposite direction. Maimonides was in fact [Read More…]

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Anush-Uthra vs. Jesus: Smackdown in Jerusalem

I just posted another draft of a chapter from the Mandaean Book of John. In this chapter, chapter 76, there are a few places where the meaning of the text is not entirely clear (do I need to mention this when it is true of pretty much every section of every Mandaic text?). But the [Read More…]

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Is There A Perfect Ethical Principle?

As a Christian, I seek to live by the Golden Rule. SMBC has a cartoon which calls into question whether even that principle represents a perfect ethical law (HT Hemant Mehta): I doubt (although feel free not to correct me) that anyone actually has the fetish mentioned in the cartoon. But I can well imagine [Read More…]

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Why There Are No Guns In The Bible

Today in my Sunday school class, in mentioning the depiction in Nehemiah of armed Israelites wielding both weapons and tools, inadvertently said “guns” instead of “swords.” This led to an important observation: if the Bible were not a collection of texts constrained by the knowledge available to its authors, but included revelation of information not [Read More…]

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Biblioblogging according to Mark

On his Gospel of Mark blog, Mike Kok has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, a round-up of a month's worth of biblioblogging from a variety of blogs, including this one. Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

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The Well-Thought-Out Christian Rationale Behind Christian Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians

It is well known that some conservative Christians accuse liberal Christians of simply going with their personal preferences, in a manner that can be and has been called “Talladega Nights theology.” (If you don’t get the reference, click through to see the video clip). That is a danger – and not exclusively for liberal Christians. But [Read More…]

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How Many Young-Earth Creationists Accept Genesis 1:16 Literally?

I wonder how many self-proclaimed Biblical literalists actually take Genesis 1:16 completely literally. I’ve asked before about the earlier part of the verse, which seems to imply that the moon is a source of light in the same way as the sun is. But today I’m asking about the very final statement, “He made the [Read More…]

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Miriai is a Vine, a Tree that Stands at the Mouth of the Euphrates

I’ve just posted on the project blog a draft of my translation of chapter 35 of the Mandaean Book of John, the second and longer of the two chapters focused on the story of Miriai. While chapter 34 was relatively mundane by comparison (but still incredibly interesting, in my opinion!), chapter 35 is full of [Read More…]

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