Bible-Related Nonsense

img class=”alignleft” src=”http://i.ytimg.com/vi/COeqlKXvgN4/0.jpg” alt=”” width=”202″ height=”151″ />I focus on information literacy skills in my course on the Bible – i.e. the ability to identify and utilize reliable sources of information amid the wide array of sources of varying degrees of reliability – and ridiculousness – that abound on the internet. And so I asked them [Read More...]

Mined Quote from James Barr

There’s a quote, attributed to James Barr, which is popular among young-earth creationists. Here is the quote: Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: [Read More...]

Classes Begin

Classes begin today at Butler University. This semester I am teaching two core curriculum courses, one on the Bible and the other a freshman seminar on faith, doubt, and reason. My third course is an upper-level course on religion and science. If you teach, what are you teaching this semester? If you are a student, [Read More...]

How to Make a Liberal Bible Scholar

Today’s “Quote of the Day” comes from Greg Carey: The best way for conservative churches to produce “liberal” biblical scholars is to keep encouraging young people to read the Bible…Reading the Bible is a terrific cure for fundamentalism. That’s exactly how many of us so-called liberal Bible scholars got our start. Those quotes are from [Read More...]

Quotes on Inerrancy

There were several quotes that I wanted to share, all related to inerrancy, and so I decided to collect them all here. I’ll let you decide whether I saved the best for last. First, Fred Clark wrote: The doctrine of “inerrancy” is often referred to as a “high view of scripture.” It is not. It’s [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists Substitute Words of Men in Place of the Word of God

Time and time again I have heard young-earth creationists say that one has to choose between what humans say about the origins of the cosmos and of human beings on the one hand, and the Word of God on the other. From a Christian perspective, this is exactly right. And young-earth creationists have chosen the [Read More...]

Sooner or Later, You Have to Choose between the Bible and Inerrancy

A discussion I’ve been part of on Facebook illustrates something that I have said before on numerous occasions: ultimately, for those approaching the Bible as a sacred text, one has to choose between showing respect for the Bible above all, or giving ultimate authority to a doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. This was illustrated in a [Read More...]

Canon and Compromise

There is something ironic about people pointing to their canon of Scripture and being uncompromising on the basis of it or about things that it says. A canon is almost always a result of compromise, and this is nowhere more true than in the case of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Indeed, the fact that [Read More...]

17 Minutes and 36 Seconds of Living Biblically

Here’s a link to A. J. Jacobs giving a TED talk which lasts for roughly 17 minutes, talking about his projects, focusing in particular on his book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible  (HT Nijay Gupta) [Read more...]

Blogging BibleWorks 9: Introduction

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to do a blog review of the most recent version of the famous BibleWorks software, BibleWorks 9. This post will offer just a few introductory remarks about the initial experience of installation and first impressions. I will then go on to blog about specific features and [Read More...]

Ken Ham Reads the Bible Like an Atheist (and he’s proud of it!)

Richard Mason Williams Jr. drew the following quote from Ken Ham’s Facebook page to my attention: I spoke to a couple of guys last night who claimed they were atheists (although there are no true atheists). One of them said he totally agreed that Christians need to believe a literal Genesis if they are to [Read More...]


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