God’s Wife

No, this post isn’t about Asherah – although that would be an interesting topic. No, this post follows up on an earlier one inspired by a student’s comment in class about whether God, as depicted in the Bible, is an abusive husband. Books like Hosea and Jeremiah that use the metaphor of Israel and Judah [Read More...]

Daring to Deny the Doctor

There is an interesting post on IO9 about a man who has become a Christian and as a result is renouncing Dr. Who, categorizing it together with alcohol and materialism as things from which he has been delivered. I hope Mark Goodacre will have something to say about this! [Read more...]

Waiting to Expel

Rather than continue to add links to my previous post about the expulsion of P. Z. Myers from a movie entitled Expelled! which complains about the “Darwinian establishment” allegedly expelling and censoring people because of their views, I’ve decided to post this follow-up. If you haven’t been following the issue, please do look into it. [Read More...]

The Well-Tempered Universe

Atheists are sure they are the winners either way: – If religion is a natural phenomenon, explicable in terms of neuroscience and biology, then it loses the supernatural element that has been its historic focus.- If religion is “unnatural”, then it seems to lie outside of the sphere of that which can be proven, or [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Some interesting recent posts from around the blogosphere include: John Wilkins asks whether a Christian can accept natural selection as true. I left the following comment: I think the issue is complicated because there are(1) Christians for whom the Bible, understood in a particular way, trumps everything else, and so they reject natural selection;(2) Christians [Read More...]

Lost in Transmission

I just read Nicholas Perrin’s Lost in Transmission, which I would certainly recommend to anyone interested in exploring how the personal story of a scholar relates to their scholarship, and any conservative Christian wanting to hear from an Evangelical scholar about the need to not simply dismiss historical investigation, academic inquiry, and other fields of [Read More...]

Did Jesus Predict His Death? The Witness of Mark and John

The Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John are viewed by many as having been written independently of one another. When they agree, it is potentially significant. They may disagree on whether Jesus predicted his resurrection in a way that could, at least in theory, be understood at the time, without the benefit of [Read More...]

Dust and Demons

I finally watched The Golden Compass; I have yet to read the books. The movie simply does not have any sort of atheist message. It does have a message against authority seeking to keep the lid on and prevent investigation of the truth. But the truth that is being opposed is “dust”, something mystical and [Read More...]

WWJD? WWYD? Easter Edition

What would it be worth giving one’s life for? What is worth the pain of crucifixion? Would you have given your life, surrendering yourself to a painful, shameful death, because of a conviction that God would raise you to his right hand? What if you had no such hope regarding the afterlife, but had a [Read More...]

Stranger on the Shore

One can only speculate about the first post-Easter experience of “seeing Jesus”, that is left undescribed in Paul’s reference in 1 Corinthians 15 (“first to Peter”), that was perhaps in the original ending of Mark’s Gospel (or the continuation of the story known to that author), and perhaps alluded to in John 21 and in [Read More...]

Hristos a înviat!

Hristos a înviat din morţi, cu moartea pe moarte călcînd şi celor din morminte viaţă dăruindu-le. [Read more...]

How Much Did Jesus Foresee About His Death?

There is one piece of evidence, rarely given the attention it deserves, that indicates that Jesus, on the night of his last supper with his disciples, knew that “the end is nigh” – either for him, or for history as a whole. He took a nazirite vow – foreswearing the fruit of the vine, not [Read More...]

Can One Simply “Believe The Bible” About Easter?

One could begin simply with the question of what Easter is, and that would be enough to make one realize that the question of “what happened” is a historical question, even if we mean “what happened to change the lives of the disciples?” and not “did Jesus enter the resurrection age?” When it comes to [Read More...]

Parable of the Day (Dave Tomlinson)

Jesus told this parable to a gathering of evangelical leaders. ‘A Spring Harvest speaker and a liberal bishop each sat down and read the Bible. The Spring Harvest speaker thanked God for the precious gift of the Holy Scriptures and pledged himself once again to proclaim them faithfully. “Thank you God”, he prayed, “that I [Read More...]