God So Loved The World

This came to my attention recently. You can purchase the bumper sticker and other items with this design via CafePress. And along the same lines, there’s this cartoon:   [Read more...]

The Criterion of Mortification

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal featured the comic below, which illustrates a popular misunderstanding of the criterion of embarrassment which scholars sometimes use. I’ll share more thoughts below the comic. First, it is worth pointing out that, in historical studies, the fact that an author is honest about something does not automatically mean they are honest about [Read More...]

Don’t Diss the Blog!

It is an older article, but Jennifer Raff’s piece on differentiating between science and pseudoscience only came to my attention recently (despite the fact that it quotes Doctor Who in the process of making its point!). It suggests the following ranking of sources: I don’t think anyone would disagree about placing YouTube comments at the [Read More...]

Fundamentalism Is Less Interesting Than Reality

There have been times when I thought the opposite – when the world filled with angels and demons and a cosmic spiritual battle waging across it has seemed so much more exciting than the world most of us inhabit. But then Fred Clark comes along and writes something like this: I often criticize fundamentalism and inerrantism [Read More...]

He Threw It

This cartoon by Tom Toles is poignant for multiple reasons. It doesn’t just highlight the tendency of some Christians to blame Jesus for their hatred and attacks on others. It also points out the irony of doing so in the name of Jesus, about whom a famous (if not exactly canonical) story is told about him refusing to [Read More...]

First Draft of John 13:35

Via Glennon Doyle Melton’s Facebook page “Momastery.” I like to think of this as a first draft of the verse, because I find it helpful to imagine either Jesus, or the author of John, as real human beings, considering (as we all must) the various things that we might focus on and identify ourselves by. For some, [Read More...]

What Use Is The Bible?

I’m grateful to Daniel Gullotta for drawing my attention to the above video of Joel Baden, speaking about what the Bible becomes when it remains a powerful symbol but its contents largely unknown. I’ve shared things from Daniel here before, and if you’ve appreciated them, you might be interested to know that he has set [Read More...]

The Bible as Human Product

“I let go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product. I learned that it is a human cultural product, the product of two ancient communities, biblical Israel and early Christianity. As such, it contained their understandings and affirmations, not statements coming directly or somewhat directly from God. . . . I realized [Read More...]

Bake for them Two

An updating of Matthew 5:41 by Jessica Kantrowitz. Click through to her blog to read her further thoughts about that text against the background of its original context, and its application today.   [Read more...]

The Product Placement Bible

A friend drew the Product Placement Bible to my attention. It is an attempt to show what the insertion of advertising looks like when taken too far, by doing so in the Bible. Below are a few that I thought actually kind of worked well. Click through to see more. Yes, I did decide to [Read More...]

Four Things the Bible is NOT

Aric Clark offered this helpful list of four things the Bible is not, and I thought it worth sharing. The Bible is not a text book. It does not concern itself with biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, psychology, sociology, or even really, history. Mostly it is narrative, poetry, letters, and advice/commands. We should not be [Read More...]


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