Life’s Too Short To Be Holding On To Old Grudges

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving* to those who celebrate it today! Here’s a poem for the occasion: Are you going to Thanksgiving dinner? Stuffing, sage, a turkey, and thyme This kind of food is always a winner You could say it’s a true love of mine… *Some restrictions apply. This wish does not constitute a contractual obligation to [Read More...]

God as Levitating Turtle

A bit of interaction on the blog between two commenters produced a helpful analogy to explain why some thinkers find the concept of God a useful one, and preferable to alternatives. One commenter mentioned the famous image of infinite regress: “it’s turtles all the way down.” Another suggested that, when positing a single God as [Read More...]

Arrogance and Ignorance are an Unpleasant Combination

HT Pharyngula and Crocoduck, and also Hemant Mehta, who has a practical way you can oppose Megan Fox’s crusade for ignorance. The video is incredibly disturbing, an illustration of the willingness of an individual who doesn’t even know how to pronounce words or their meaning to nonetheless make confident assertions about them, which is simply [Read More...]

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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