Ways to Undermine Christianity

You might think that this is a post about what atheists or proponents of other religions do (or some of you might even think that this is something that I do and am sharing tips on for others). But no, some Christians, or at least people who claim to be Christians, do at least as [Read More...]

The Bible Is Offensive…To Christians, Apparently

Sam’s Club pulled The Brick Bible from its stores after complaints. And according to a story on Reddit, a Christian store refused to put 1 Timothy 2:12 onto a t-shirt for a customer, because doing so would be disrespectful of the storeowners’ religion. Why then is it not disrespectful of Christianity when fundamentalist Christians put [Read More...]

Religion, Science, and Deduction

I find it bizarre that critics of evolution who claim that science is simply guessing, and that one cannot draw conclusions about past biological evolution based in present evidences, do not see how this undercuts their own claims every bit as much, if not more so. Religious fundamentalists, of the sort that offer pseudoscientific critiques [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Men in Black

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Paul’s Rhetoric and Rhetorical Questions

A friend of mine has begun looking into the subject of rhetorical questions in Paul’s letters. He is interested in both the background in ancient rhetoric – might Paul have been familiar with what earlier rhetoricians had said on the subject – and in what is involved in translating such rhetorical questions when translating the [Read More...]

Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies

My op-ed piece, entitled “Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies,” has now appeared on the site of The Bible and Interpretation. [Read more...]

Bye Bye, Google Reader Sidebar (Hello Free Bible Versions and The Center for Unintelligent Design)

Google Reader has changed, and since one can no longer share items from Google Reader to a sidebar widget, that feature has been removed from this blog. I’m sorry to see it go. I will continue to share items of interest via Google+, Facebook and Twitter, so please do connect with me in one of [Read More...]

If You Are Confident You Understand the Whole Bible, You Are Either Dishonest or Have Not Been Paying Attention When Reading It

This was posted at Stuff Fundies Like, together with a reflection on tactics fundamentalists use to avoid acknowledging that there are confusing and unintelligible things in the Bible. Sadly, those tactics lead most fundamentalists to never open a commentary or pursue other lines of inquiry that might actually lead them to understand more than they [Read More...]

Have We Been Going About This All Wrong? Fun With Conspiracy Theories

A cartoon from XKCD (HT P. Z. Myers) illustrates a different approach to conspiracy theories: combating like with like. How might that be applied to some of the conspiracy theories that regularly get discussed here? I wonder what would happen if someone played mythicists’ conspiracy theories off against others: Might one, for example, be able [Read More...]

Doubt as Sacred Duty

Today in my freshman class “Faith, Doubt and Reason” the text for discussion was Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. One point I sought to highlight early on is Descartes’ understanding of doubt as a sacred duty: Descartes’ skeptical approach to knowledge and reasoning was an expression of his religious faith, with the aim both [Read More...]

On Rejected Ideas for Biblical Art

HT The Sacred Page. See 1 Samuel 18:27 if you don’t get it. [Read more...]


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