The Shadow Bible

A commenter on a recent post mentioned the experience of highlighting substantial parts of a work by Nietzsche while working on an essay. Years later, he found the text and tried reading those parts he hadn’t highlighted, to see what was in the sections that he didn’t find significant at the time. He then went [Read More...]

Pete Rollins on Cutting the Bible

Pete Rollins has an excellent post on cutting the Bible (without anyone noticing). Here’s a sample that I considered particularly poignant: There have been various attempts by the liberal tradition within Christianity to remove parts of the Bible that they don’t agree with (e.g. the Jefferson Bible), something that conservative Christians have vehemently attacked. However [Read More...]

September 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival – Early Edition

Due to a truly impressive amount of blogging about matters related to the Bible, I have decided to offer an early edition of the September 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival, which provides a round-up of posts from August 2011. Here is a carnival featuring the posts from the first half of this month. I have tried [Read More...]

Brickical Literalism

The pastor of my church has been preaching through the plagues in Exodus, and has been sharing from The Brick Testament as a way of introducing the stories. Today’s subject was the plague of hail, and The Brick Testament nicely highlights the absurdity of some details in that story if you’ve been taking the language [Read More...]

Adam and Eve among Evangelicals and around the Blogosphere

A piece on NPR highlights that even Evangelicals are finding it increasingly untenable to persist in maintaining a literal, historical Adam and Eve. Conservative Christians have made this a central issue, and have brought untold shame on Christianity by insisting on the literal truth of the story. I wonder how long it will be before [Read More...]

Philip K. Dick’s Bible for Sale

At the intersection of religion and science fiction, IO9 notes that Philip K. Dick’s annotated Bible is on sale on eBay for $6,500. If you are so inclined, and wealthy, please buy it for me! IO9 also notes William Gibson’s snarky Twitter comment that he will gladly write stuff in your Bible for less. Elsewhere [Read More...]

Doctor Who TV Movie Rewatch: Harmonizing Canons in Science Fiction and Religion

Tonight I re-watched the Doctor Who TV movie from 1996 – only the second time I’ve watched it. It was actually at least as good as, and in some respects better than, I remembered it having been. The most controversial element in the movie (which was filmed in Canada in the hope of reviving the [Read More...]

Inerrancy in Poster Form

Because not one but two blogs recently decided to reproduce without attribution or credit a poster I made and shared on my blog a few years ago, I thought I should share it again. It was created to illustrate the circularity of arguments for Biblical inerrancy. [Read more...]

Biblioblog Rankings for July 2011 (and Peer Review in the Biblioblogosphere)

Steve Caruso has posted this month’s biblioblog rankings. The top biblioblog this month was Debunking Christianity, which demonstrated its character as a biblioblog by tackling the topic of the historical Jesus (among other things), doing its part to spread a mainstream scholarly approach among atheists, some of whom find mythicism attractive. Exploring Our Matrix came [Read More...]

Quote of the Day – Are There Really Any Biblical Literalists?

I don’t understand the argument that everything in the Bible should be taken literally. I see that argument used to support many ideas that lots of people have. I don’t hear it used to support ideas that few people have and that have become unmentionable, from burning adulterous women to having slaves to the difficulty [Read More...]

Biblicism Around the Blogosphere

Chris Heard has begun blogging about a new book, Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. And Randall Rauser has several, including “How fundamentalists undermine the authority of scripture” and “Should we really interpret the Bible literally when possible?” In other news, Scott Bailey shares an account of [Read More...]


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