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...]

A Different Mantra

Crystal St. Marie Lewis blogged about a mantra that is associated with Joel Osteen, suggesting that the following is a better alternative: This is my Bible. I am a witness to what it says, and a student of why it says what it says. I can do as much research as I wish on the origins and [Read More...]

Scripture Can Be Broken

Paul Wallace posted about how his view of same-sex relationships began to change when someone he viewed as a mentor responded to his use of proof-texts on the subject by insisting that he was starting in the wrong place. “You must start with the person.” To illustrate that this approach is in fact reflected in [Read More...]

How Is Harry Potter Different From The Bible?

The answer to the question in the title of the post, as well as the question, come from Tracey Moody. [Read more...]

Jesus Didn’t Write a Book

Think about this for a moment. Jesus didn’t write a book. And yet many of Jesus’ followers believe that the production of a book was one of the most important results of his coming, and the only way to get at who Jesus was, what he stood for, and much else. Supposedly, from the perspective [Read More...]

Conservative Illustration of Pentateuchal Composition

I recently read an assignment which drew on sources critical of the Documentary Hypothesis. Ironically, the assignment was in fact plagiarized from a number of online sources. And at least one of those sources in turn clearly plagiarized from another. Here’s a bit of text: The J, or Jehovahist, document (usually known as the Yahwehist [Read More...]

Love Your Loopholes as Yourself

Benjamin Corey has a post about how many conservative Christians justify violence. He says, Bottom line: if you think that “love your enemies” is fair game for a thousand loopholes and can’t be taken at face value, then you probably shouldn’t be drawing hard lines on any other issue in scripture. Because, if “love your [Read More...]


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