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...]

Young-Earth Creationism and Unicorns

“Creationism is lousy theology that leaves its proponents looking ridiculous in ways that more intellectually flexible believers are spared. But it’s lousy theology masquerading as actual science — something it’s even worse at than theology. When science asks a question, it seeks the answer — wherever that journey leads, whatever that answer is. When Creationism [Read More...]

The Bible as Fantasy

I shared some science fictional explorations of Biblical texts by Ben Riddlebarger previously. He has been hard at work since then, and has offered more, including Gandalf as Moses, Shrek riding Donkey into Jerusalem, Peter being asked to perform a waterbender’s feat, and David vs. Godzilla. I appreciate these because they raise questions about how and [Read More...]

Best Thing Since Sliced Scripture

I really loved a phrase that Leigh Ann Hildebrand used on Facebook recently, when she said that someone thinks a particular Southern Baptist leader is “the best thing since sliced scripture.” But it also got me thinking about what sliced scripture might mean, and just then I happened across Zack Hunt’s post, asking whether Bible verses are [Read More...]

Importing Modern-Day Science Into Ancient Texts

I shared a long quote from Mike Beidler a while back, and a discussion occurred about how important his point was, but also how wordy, and thus not meme-friendly. Mike kindly boiled his point down to the above Most Interesting Man in the World meme, and I think it does the job very nicely. Compare [Read More...]


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