Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, sometimes referred to as one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheist” movement, has passed away. He was 62. As a liberal Christian, I appreciate individuals such as Hitchens, since the same problems he highlighted with respect to the Bible and historic Christianity are the reasons I find conservative Christianity unpersuasive. The [Read More...]

“Mary” by Philip Appleman

Years later, it was, after everything got hazy in my head – those buzzing flies, the gossips, graybeards, hustling evangelists – they wanted facts, they said, but what they were really after, was miracles. Miracles, imagine! I was only a girl when it happened, Joseph acting edgy and claiming it wasn’t his baby – – [Read More...]

The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]

Assuming a Spherical Bible

The blog psnt.net had a post on not assuming a spherical Jesus, which inspired me to explore the same analogy with the Bible, leading me to draw this cartoon. The original post begins with the tendency of theoretical physicists to posit an “ideal” state that doesn’t correspond to any actual reality but makes calculations possible. [Read More...]

If Young Earth Creationists are Right, then Young Earth Creationism is False!

I’ve been attempting to have a conversation with a young-earth creationist, and the interaction has once again reached the point where he makes a false dichotomy regarding the Bible: either the Bible is 100% true and reliable, or it is 100% false and completely lies. If these are the only two options, and if fallible [Read More...]

Redaction Criticism, Star Trek, and the Bible (Director’s Cut)

To err is human. To learn to take the time to revise and improve on first drafts of one’s work may not be divine but it sure is important. In the freshman class I teach, students are required to submit a first draft of most papers, which is then graded and given feedback, after which [Read More...]

A Jealous God and Divine Domestic Violence

Daniel McClellan, in a post about a doctoral thesis defense related to the concept of “the jealous God,” included this image: What reaction does it provoke in you? Doesn’t it suggest that at times religious believers, including some of the Biblical authors, have depicted God as reflecting some of our worst human characteristics? If a [Read More...]

An Example of How Answers in Genesis Does Violence to the Bible, and Not Just Science

Recent discussions with young-earth creationists have illustrated well how young-earth creationists do serious harm to the Bible, and not only science, in their bizarre attempts to treat the Bible as though it were a scientific textbook and science textbooks as though they were someone’s Bible. Take, for instance, the parallels that scholars have identified between [Read More...]

The Key Difference Between Paul and America’s Pseudo-Christians

Another verse that I highlighted in Romans 9 in my Sunday school class this past week is Paul’s statement in 9:3: For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. There seems to me to be a huge, stark difference between what [Read More...]

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...]


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