Please Open Your Bibles and Turn to…the Table of Contents

I came across this image on Facebook: It gets closer to the truth than what many people seem to think, including Dan Brown. But it is wrong about a number if points – not least of which is the generalization that all Christians think the Bible dropped down from heaven in its complete bound form. [Read More...]

The Bible as Conversation

There is a repost of a classic blog entry by Michael Spencer on the iMonk blog today which deserves to get widely read and discussed. I am reproducing the core of it below – click through to read the whole thing: This idea, of a great conversation taking place over time and culture, and then [Read More...]

Classes Start

Today is the first day of classes in the new semester at Butler University. I’m teaching my course on the Bible, an upper-level course on the Gospel of John, and the second semester of my freshman core curriculum course on Faith, Doubt, and Reason. If you teach or are a student, what classes are on [Read More...]

My Course on How to Use the Internet

The new semester at Butler University begins on Monday. My course on the Bible is at the same time a course on how to use the internet. The need for training in such skills is illustrated well by this image that has been circulating on Facebook: Whether or not to take advantage of the accessibility [Read More...]

George Lucas on Intelligent Design

  Through the poster above, which was shared on Facebook, I had my attention drawn to some comments George Lucas made about Intelligent Design, evolution, God, and the Bible. Click through to read the interview in which he made the comments, if you are interested. He is obviously neither a scientist nor a theologian, but [Read More...]

Hell, No!

My Sunday school class has transitioned from its study of the Book of Revelation to an broader exploration of the topics raised by the book and in particular its ending. And so we ended up talking about the afterlife in general, and hell in particular, last Sunday. I offered a survey of the development of [Read More...]

Protestants Need to Do Penance (for their Use of the Bible)

Dănuț Mănăstireanu shared this quotation from Richard Rohr: …Protestants need to do penance. Their shout of “sola Scriptura” (only Scripture) has left them at the mercy of their own cultures, their own limited education, their own prejudices, and their own selective reading of some texts while avoiding others. Partly as a result, slavery, racism, sexism, [Read More...]

Don’t Force Us To Obey The Bible!

Someone made a point on Facebook that I thought was really insightful and worth turning into a brief post here. Time and again, I have heard conservatives say that taxing the rich to care for the poor is antithetical to Biblical teaching because it is essentially forcing people “at gunpoint” to give, rather than allowing [Read More...]

God’s Bible

Here’s another provocative cartoon from David Hayward: David points out that the Bible’s repeated references to “the Word of God” are not about something that can be called “the Bible.” This is true – and ought to be obvious – for several reasons. First and foremost, when the texts that eventually came to make up [Read More...]

December 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival

Abram K-J has posted a linguistically rich Biblical studies carnival, which starts off with a quote from Spurgeon explaining why carnivals are necessary. Click through to read it!   [Read more...]

The Year in Rewritten Bible

My recent shared image of “The American Samaritan” and of a fundamentalist version of Proverbs 3:5 were not the first times this year that I rewrote parts of the Bible, whether to poke fun at those who take it to mean something other than it seems to, or to relate it in a more serious [Read More...]


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