TRON: The Flynncarnation

I watched the movie TRON with my son tonight, not having seen it for many years. I was afraid he might find the graphics and special effects pretty lame, having grown up with movies that featured advanced CGI effects, but fortunately that wasn’t the case. It had dawned on me at some point in my [Read More...]

C. S. Lewis on LOST (and vice versa)

Entertainment Weekly has an article on connections between LOST and Prince Caspian. Christianity Today has one about connections between LOST and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It would be ironic if the character Charlotte S. Lewis has died just as we begin to discover the connections between LOST and the writings of the author C. [Read More...]

The Bible’s Bones

A Romanian pastor, the late Rev. Mircu Cocar, apparently used to offer the following wise advice to his congregation: Read the Bible like you eat a fish. Take what’s good, and leave the bones on the plate. [Read more...]

Sunday School: Homosexuality, Genesis 19 and Judges 19

Today we began a new topic in my Sunday school class series “When Christians Disagree”: homosexuality. We’re beginning with those passages that have often been singled out as relevant to the issue, although in the present instance, I suggested that Genesis 19 might not be about homosexuality but rather about hospitality, rape, violence and a [Read More...]

Review of Jesus, the Voice, and the Text

The recent volume edited by Tom Thatcher, Jesus, the Voice, and the Text: Beyond The Oral and the Written Gospel (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008) provides both an appreciative and critical retrospective on the contribution of Werner Kelber to our understanding of orality and the Gospels, as well as explorations of methods and perspectives both [Read More...]

Clearing Up The Mess (Of Pottage)

I am reminded whenever I think of the story about Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:29-34 of a student in Romania who said that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of tripe soup (ciorba de burta). That’s a popular delicacy, much more appealing to some tastes than “pottage” – especially when it is said [Read More...]

God Hates Figs

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The Bible’s Prophetic Postdictions

Both the Thou Shalt blog and Dr. Claude Mariottini have mentioned a recent attempt to find “Bible codes”, this time supposedly foreseeing the current financial crisis. But of course, foreseeing is the wrong word, since no one seems to have picked up on this until after the fact. It is easy to start with current [Read More...]

Texan Contradiction

Is it just me, or is a legislative act that has been proposed in Texas recently, aiming to exempt religiously-affiliated educational institutions from state regulation, inherently self-contradictory?Here’s the text of the bill, which is available online here: A BILL TO BE ENTITLEDAN ACT relating to exempting certain private nonprofit educationalinstitutions from state regulation applicable to [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Batson and Ventis)

“Synthetic symbolic religious language has creative potential only to the degree that it is recognized to be symbolic, not literal, language. If it is treated as literal, then the symbols themselves become the focus of attention, and the reality-transforming experience that they were originally coined to express tends to be ignored. Instead of facilitating a [Read More...]

Philosophy of Religion Call for Submissions

I thought I’d pass this on… CALL FOR PAPERS The University of Toledo student Journal of Philosophy is currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2009 volume. The general theme of this volume is Philosophy of Religion All undergraduate and graduate student submissions related to this theme will be considered. Examples of appropriate topics include the [Read More...]

Inerrancy: A Live Issue

Whatever one may say about the long-term prospects of inerrancy, it is clearly a live issue in the blogosphere. Here are a few of the posts that have resulted from, responded to or interacted with my recent post on the subject: Finitum Non Capax FinitiAncient Hebrew Poetry (whose post got a response from, among others, [Read More...]

Obama on the Bible: Protecting Isaac from Abraham

As president Obama, himself a Christian, continues to make decisions about stem cells and other matters that most Republican Christians disagree with him on, it is worth seeing again this speech about the Bible and American society given by Obama (HT The Rev’s Rumbles). I can’t think of a better example of why “the Bible [Read More...]

The Last Gasp of Inerrancy

In a recent book, G. K. Beale speaks of The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism. His choice of metaphor is evocative: he believes that inerrancy is like the solid land upon which the house of Evangelicalism is built. It is in danger of being eroded by outside forces, harmful elements. I’d like to suggest that [Read More...]