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...]

How to Treat the Bible

The quote from Gregory C. Jenks comes from an article on the Progressive Christianity website, written back in 2011, “Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally.” Click through to read it. Neither the Bible nor God is well served by any tactics that seek to protect the Bible from scrutiny. We must, therefore, resist any [Read More...]

The Bible (TL;DR Version)

GENESIS God: All right, you two, don't do the one thing. Other than that, have fun. Adam & Eve: Okay. Satan: You should do the thing. Adam & Eve: Okay. God: What happened!? Adam & Eve: We did the thing. God: Guys THE REST OF THE OLD TESTAMENT God: You are my people, and you [Read More...]

Darth Vader Quotes the Bible

Via BoingBoing. Be warned that there is foul language at one point. I often tell students that there are audiobooks they may be interested in – Charlton Heston reading the Bible, which is the closest that they can get to hearing Moses read it, and James Earl Jones reading the Bible, which is the closest that [Read More...]

Ahead of its Time Knowledge in the Bible?

Ross MacKenzie has a nice breakdown of what motivates – and what is wrong with – attempts to identify ahead-of-its-time knowledge of science in the Bible. Some of these are very dubious - far from being the idea design for a ship, the box-shaped humongous ark may not have been seaworthy at all. Others are so vague [Read More...]

Deifying the Bible

In an article about 6 popular Christian sayings that aren’t true, David Schell points out the problems with saying that the Bible is the “Word of God.” He writes: Neither the Bible, nor the Nicene Creed, nor the Apostle’s Creed says this. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is inspired by God, but “inspired” ≠ [Read More...]

Emoji Bible

Hemant Mehta pointed out that there is a Kickstarter campaign to make an Emoji Bible. I’m not convinced that it would be intelligible to anyone who doesn’t know the underlying text. And knowing a bit about Bible translation, when someone says they don’t foresee any challenges in such a project, I can only sigh and [Read More...]

Historical Science, Jesus, and Evolution

One popular objection in our time to evolutionary biology is a bogus distinction between observational science and historical science. It is a slightly more elaborate – but no more persuasive – version of Ken Ham’s infamous “Were you there?” The irony is that this approach represents an attack on Christianity even more than it is [Read More...]

Did Jesus Die in Outer Space?

Over the past several weeks I’ve been reading Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, which The Bible and Interpretation kindly sent me a copy of, asking me to provide them with a review. It soon became clear to me that a single review with an overview of [Read More...]

Bible Weirdness Competition

In order to illustrate some points related to information literacy in my class on the Bible, I asked students to find the wackiest claims made about the Bible online. The two top contenders were (1) that the oil in the Middle East is essentially the luscious Garden of Eden, turned into oil by Noah’s flood, and [Read More...]

Conservative Christian Approach to Everything Difficult

Chris Nelson said in a comment on a recent post: The conservative Christian approach to most everything difficult is to deny difficulty. I’m not sure if that speaks to an appalling lack of insight or an appalling surplus of denial. That seemed to me meme-worthy. [Read more...]


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