Materializing the Bible

I had an online resource come to my attention recently, called Materializing the Bible. It is a collection of those places where an attempt is made to take some element of the Bible an recreate or reenact it in the present day. Another resource that was drawn to my attention is The Virtual World Project, which [Read More...]

Understanding Biblical Inerranists

The quote comes from Fred Clark’s recent post, “How to understand ‘Biblical inerrantists.’” Here is a larger excerpt: The modern assertion of “biblical inerrancy” basically boils down to the claim by certain white Christians that “The Bible says what we say it says, and nothing else, and so you must listen to us as though we were [Read More...]

The Bible as Photo Album (Snapshots of a Dynamic Faith)

Two blog posts by Chuck Queen intersected with one another, and both made important points in memeworthy fashion. In one of his posts, Chuck focuses in on the oral tradition that preceded, influenced, and in some cases is incorporated into the New Testament. He writes: The written documents that constitute our Bible are snapshots of an [Read More...]

The Bible is Clear: You Must Not Distort Justice

Loren Rosson has an absolutely fantastic guest post by his friend Ray Vaillancourt, offering a truly Biblical approach to a contemporary issue. Here is an excerpt: Conservatives remind us that the Bible is clear: homosexual behavior is a sin. We have a moral duty to stop it. God wants us to teach homosexuals some Bible [Read More...]

If Eve Only Knew

The book If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be is now available, and I wanted to draw attention to that fact. I mentioned the book when I reviewed another book, Damaged Goods.  Here’s what I wrote as an endorsement: “This new book by Irons and Mock [Read More...]

There Are No Scriptural Literalists

A quote from Dan McClellan, which I mentioned in another recent post, and have now turned into a meme. [Read more...]

Self-Serving Theologies: The Kim Davis Saga

Several memes and political cartoons have addressed the hypocrisy in Kim Davis’ desire to have her own freedoms respected, while demanding the right to discriminate against others. Here are a few of my favorites: And this one is from a while back, yet could have been made today: The first two come via other Patheos bloggers [Read More...]

The Fundamentalist Interprets Scripture (Sheep and Goats)

On the day of Biblical interpretation, the fundamentalist sits on his glorious throne, and separates Bible passages before him, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And to those on his right, he says, “Come, things the Bible clearly says! For I was confident, and your fostered my arrogance; I was certain, and you gave [Read More...]


In case you missed it, the hashtag #TrumpBible has been trending on Twitter. Several questions about the Bible have been addressed to Donald Trump lately, and several answers he has given suggest that he is – how shall we put it – not very familiar with the contents of that famous collection of books. Trump [Read More...]

Arguing with the Bible

Another instance of me sharing a post of mine on Facebook, and finding in the process of creating a “blurb” for it that those words might themselves be worth sharing. The Bible’s real usefulness is in its connecting us to people in the past. But to truly benefit from this, we have to avoid the [Read More...]

Talking Back to the Bible

For the inerrantist, it is all supposedly about getting “back to the Bible,” and there have been numerous fundamentalist pamphlets, books, and sermons with that title. Once we escape the grip of inerrantism, we can instead talk back to the Bible. As I wrote in response to a Facebook comment on a recent post, instead [Read More...]