Class on Textual Criticism

I’ve been looking back through some early attempts at recording my classes, to see if there is anything useful. On several occasions the lapel microphone’s battery went dead before the end of the class. But since the first part of some of these classes contains useful material, I thought I’d edit that portion out and [Read More…]

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What Kind Of Love Is This?

There is a Huffington Post article which indicates, unsurprisingly, that most Americans say they love the Bible and most Americans read bits of it at most a few times a year. I am guessing that even those who say they read it often do not get to know it in a serious, intellectually as well [Read More…]

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It Is Written vs. God Has Shown Me

Fred Clark has an excellent post highlighting the contrast between two different outlooks reflected in Acts 10:28, which reads as follows:  You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. On [Read More…]

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The Antagonism of Biblical Inerrancy

Scot McKnight shared this Barna infographic: The survey seems to assume rather than demonstrate that those who take anything other than an inerrantist view of the Bible do not read the Bible as often as inerrantists do, if they read it at all. That seems to me to be inherently problematic. But even if correct, [Read More…]

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Randomness vs. the Lord’s Will

I have heard countless poorly-informed Christians say that they reject evolution because it posits things happening through “randomness.” The objection is bogus. Randomness is less a feature of biological evolution than it is of casting lots and other things which, in the Bible, are said to be indicative of the divine will. If evolution is [Read More…]

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Think Outside the Book

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Principles vs. Passages

I’ve made this point before (see especially my article for Religion Dispatches from 2008). But since Jim West has written a blog post suggesting that liberal Christians neglect exegesis when it comes to subjects such as same-sex relationships, I thought I would respond to him here, just as I have in a comment on his [Read More…]

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Colbert on The Bible

Like John Byron, I have yet to see any episode of the History Channel miniseries “The Bible.” But I found the time to watch Stephen Colbert’s treatment of it on The Colbert Report and you can appreciate the humor completely without having seen the miniseries. Here’s a sample available on YouTube. Click through to watch the [Read More…]

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There is a Place Where Someone has Testified

Those who formulate doctrines of Scripture tend to focus on some classic statements which sound like they can be turned quickly into dogmatic statements. Phrases like “All Scripture is God-breathed” in 2 Timothy 3:16 and the like. I think those who want to determine and define what the Bible is ought to spend more time [Read More…]

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I’m Dreaming of a White Easter

Today in my class on the Bible, we talked about the crucifixion. In my class on the Gospel of John, we are entering the passion narrative. And this is what the Butler University campus looks like today: It certainly creates a holiday mood…but not for the holiday I was expecting people to have their minds [Read More…]

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The King James Version: Better Than The Originals?

Stuff Fundies Like shared the above image. At first I thought it must be satire. But apparently not…   [Read more…]

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