What the Greek REALLY Says

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The Bible and the Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test is a way of highlighting the male-centeredness of modern television and film. The test is simple: ask how frequently two female characters talk about something other than male characters. It has been applied to Doctor Who, for instance, and I shared an infographic on the subject here. Beth Birkholz, a Lutheran Pastor [Read More...]

Discount on the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

Not long ago I mentioned that my entry on “Monotheism” was published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics. It is an expensive two-volume reference work, and so I thought it appropriate to share with blog readers a discount code that Oxford gave to contributors, to share with friends and family. Type in AFMPG04 [Read More...]

The Bible Is Clear About One Thing

Fred Clark has a great blog post, pointing out that, in most cases, saying “the Bible says” involves ignoring those places where the Bible says something else different from what it says in the passage you cited. But there seems to be one exception, which the Bible is consistent about: usury, i.e. the charging of [Read More...]

Survey Says: Not a Chance

ProgressiveChristianity.org shared data from a survey of 500 progressive Christians. I was particularly struck by how the most negative answer to the particular questions above were worded. “Is the Bible inerrant?” – “Not a chance.” [Read more...]

The Golden Rule and Reading the Qur’an Fairly

The cartoon above is by Tom Gauld. It seems to me to do a good job of illustrating how people tend to exalt their own heritage and denigrate that of others. This relates directly to how Islam is being treated in the media. I’ve said it before: any Christian who reads the Qur’an differently than [Read More...]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More...]

Monotheism, Ethics, and the Bible

A pdf of my article on “Monotheism,” published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, is available on my Selected Works page. I am grateful to Oxford University Press for the permission to make the article available there. [Read more...]

This Book is Perfect

I came across this meme and thought it worth sharing. People often claim that the Bible is a supernatural book, and yet rarely do they claim that this is its supernatural power. And yet history shows that, at the very least, people have tried to justify just about everything using the Bible. But that is [Read More...]

Biblical Candy Hearts

   Jeff Carter made some Biblical candy hearts for the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Here are a couple of examples. Click through for more, including the racier and less appropriate ones. [Read more...]

Correction

Unvirtuous Abbey shared the image above on Facebook. It is a correction to a letter to the editor. I’m not sure what paper it is from. But while I considered sharing it without comment, it struck me that this end-times approach to religion, which identifies symbols in the Bible with people involved in politics, is in [Read More...]


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