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...]

The Effect of Biblical Inerrancy

A quote from a recent post of mine, turned into a meme. There it was a question – here it is a statement. [Read more...]

Do the Fundamentalist Rocks Cry Out?

Fundamentalists say that the Bible must be trustworthy in everything it says – about nature, science, history, or any other topic – or else it isn’t trustworthy in what it says about God. Let’s see what happens if we apply the same logic to the natural world. The Bible says that the created things give [Read More...]

Consequences of Making the Bible Holy

By treating the Bible as the place to find all of the answers, we have taken away its power to lead us to ask deeper questions. By using the Bible as a weapon, we have weakened its ability to heal. By making the Bible holy, we have stripped away what makes it sacred. Words from a post by Alise [Read More...]

Biblical Inerrancy Makes No Difference

Last Sunday, my Sunday school class began talking about what it means to have a canon that came to us through natural human processes. I suggested that, in one sense, it makes no difference. Those who subscribe to Biblical inerrancy do not agree on what these supposedly inerrant texts actually mean. And so one is left to puzzle [Read More...]

The Tower of Bible

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved southward, they found papyrus in Egypt and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make paper sheets, and bind them into scrolls and books.” They used paper instead of stone, and charcoal for ink. Then they said, “Come, let us write ourselves a book, with a theology that reaches [Read More...]

Have You Seen What They’ve Written About Us?

The above cartoon by David Hayward makes a lot of useful points at once. On the one hand, it emphasizes that the Bible is the work of people writing about God, not something God wrote and dropped down from heaven. It also depicts God anthropomorphically, as three persons surprised when they find out what humans have written [Read More...]

A Defining Feature of Conservative Christianity

This is another instance of me taking the summary I wrote of an earlier blog post, and turning it into a meme. I have been making a point of saying something about each of my posts when I share them, and I find that sometimes the attempt to sum them up in a succinct and [Read More...]

A Thread that Runs Through the Whole Bible

In creating a recent post, I was reminded of an earlier post on the same subject, and decided to excerpt a quote from it. Click through to read the original context of the words above. [Read more...]

Taking the Bible “Literally”

I used a photo of A. J. Jacobs trying to live Biblically as the background image. He at least tried to an extent that few who claim to be “Biblical” or “literalists” or both ever do. See his book, A Year of Living Biblically, which I have mentioned here before. See also Rachel Held Evans’ [Read More...]

Literalism = Misconception and Incoherence

The quote comes from p. xxiii of Nahum Sarna’s book Understanding Genesis. [Read more...]