2 Timothy 3:16

In my Sunday school class, we recently talked about this famous verse, which is cited with incredible frequency in discussions of the Bible's inspiration and authority. And yet very rarely are the details of what that verse actually says noticed. I've already mentioned before that the text does not use the existing word that it [Read More...]

First Man

An interesting way of approaching the idea that religion and science are not necessarily an either/or question. From C-Section Comics. Perhaps what is best about it is its suggestion that sometimes the truth makes neither side in typical debates entirely happy. [Read more...]

No Adam, No Christ?

I was asked a question on Facebook, and thought I would share the answer I gave. Here’s the question: I was hoping for a little clarification on how one might reconcile a non literal first Adam with Paul’s gospel.  In Paul’s mind Christ is the “second Adam,” having succeeded where the “first Adam” failed. According [Read More...]

Genesis 2 is Not Literal (The Bible Tells Me So)

The quote comes from my recent post “Marriage is Sacred.” The point is one that I have made before, but since someone particularly liked this brief way of making the point, I thought I would turn it into a meme image. Of related interest, Andrew Perriman has a whole series on the idea of “one [Read More...]

Marriage is Sacred

I talked about this topic in my Sunday school class this past Sunday, as we reached the treatment of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7. Different phrases are used in our time – “Biblical marriage,” “traditional marriage,” “the sanctity of marriage.” All of them are used largely synonymously, and hypocritically. Tackling divorce would defend the New Testament’s [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World of Adam and Eve

I’m delighted to be a participant in the Patheos Book Club about John Walton’s latest book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. If the title sounds familiar, it is because Walton has also written books with the titles The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and [Read More...]

Genesis 3 Paradox

Yuriy Stasyuk made the meme above, to highlight the apparent paradox in Genesis 3. If eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge makes you aware of good and evil, then how could Eve or Adam have been expected to realize that they were being asked to do something bad when they had not yet eaten [Read More...]

Origen on Adam (Corrected)

Ken Brown pointed out that the image I shared misattributed the quotation to the wrong work by Origen. I apologize for not having verified every last detail before sharing it. And so, in light of that, and since I wasn’t entirely happy with the use of “man” where “humanity” was meant in the translation used, I [Read More...]

Origen on Adam

Of related interest, see Jared Calaway’s recent blog post about what Origen wrote about animal poop on Noah’s ark. [Read more...]

Adam and Eve’s Neighbors

From today’s Bizarro [Read more...]

Paul’s Human Jesus

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul makes a contrast between two human beings, Adam and Jesus. One is mythical. Is the other? And did Paul think that one or both of them were mythical? Interestingly, on this point, if none other, concerns of young-earth creationists and mythicists intersect. Is “human” ever applied without qualification to beings [Read More...]