Jesus and Paul were not Literalists when it comes to Genesis 2-3

It is interesting how some modern readers simply assume that ancient individuals and authors shared their supposed literalism, and their focus on facts and history and science, all of which are thoroughly modern concerns. If we look at what Jesus is depicted as saying about Genesis 2 in the Synoptic Gospels, he points to the [Read More...]

Jesus the Gene Therapist?

I think that one reason some people insist that Adam in the Bible was a literal historical individual, and the genealogies in the Bible are literally factual, is that they understand sin as some sort of genetic defect. This is a terrible distortion of the Bible, not only because its ancient authors did not understand [Read More...]

Who Are You, O Man? (Maybe the Author of Wisdom of Solomon?)

Someone shared a link the other day to a blog post which Don Burrows wrote a couple of years ago, about Paul's letter to the Romans, and in particular the interpretation of the “clobber passage” in chapter 1 in the context of the letter as a whole. I shared the link on Facebook, but wanted [Read More...]

The Definitive Version

Today I rewatched the J. J. Abrams Star Trek movie, this time with my son (and I have to note that the movie is on sale on Amazon.com for $4.29!). I appreciated it even more than the first time I saw it. The extent to which the actors who play the roles are believable as [Read More...]

From the Dust

I had the movieĀ From the Dust drawn to my attention yesterday. It focuses on the creation-evolution controversy, but with attention primarily focused on how the various viewpoints of our time are reading and interpreting the Bible. The web site for the movie has some bonus clips, including this one with several New Testament scholars talking [Read More...]

Class on the Crucifixion and Passion Narratives in the New Testament

Since this is another class without changing powerpoint slides, I’m making this one available as an mp3 podcast as well: [Read more...]

The Bible’s Authors Were Inspired by God

The Bible’s authors were inspired by God. That statement has been the focus of an incredible amount of controversy. But for some reason, late last night the thought occurred to me that the controversy is largely the result of taking that phrase in something other than its normal English sense. There have been countless books [Read More...]

Approaching Scripture as Jesus Did

Morgan Guyton has an excellent post on what should be the Christian approach to Scripture, namely approaching it as Jesus himself approached it. And so he takes Jesus’ Sabbath healing, and his principle that “the Sabbath was made for human beings, and not human beings for the Sabbath” as a criterion by which to evaluate [Read More...]

Paul’s Inclusive Vision: Another Poster

The folks in the Facebook group Christians Against the Tea Party have turned another quote from me into a poster. The result is above. If you like it, please do “like” it on Facebook!     [Read more...]

Paul’s Inclusive Vision

Since someone made this image and shared it on Facebook, but with the quote attributed to someone else. Since the quote is from me (made in this post), I thought I’d modify it in the hope that eventually one or more with the correct attribution will predominate… [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Fact That Paul’s Letters are Now Christian Scripture Undermine Their Message and Authority!

Paul, in his time, made a case for relaxing Scriptural stipulations about the need for anyone within Abraham's household to be circumcised in order to be part of the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14). He did the same with regard to the people of God being called to observe the things written in the Law of Moses, [Read More...]


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