Trusting the Bible vs. Trusting Human Reason (From the Archives)

I have often encountered fundamentalists who made the antithesis referred to in this title, placing themselves in the first part and me in the second, of course. And so I thought perhaps it might be worthwhile sharing a brief thought on this subject. The contrast is utter bunk. Let me explain why. There are two [Read More...]

Can Noah’s Ark Be Salvaged? (From The Archives)

This post is not about whether a ‘real ark’ can be found on a mountain somewhere. The question is whether the story of Noah’s Ark can be told today in a way that continues to serve any healthy, positive, meaningful purpose. The story is so familiar from childhood that we can forget that it is [Read More...]

Cleaning Up Another Apocalyptic Mess: Israel and the Palestinians

As one Rapture-related mess is being cleaned up, we should not forget another that great minds and national leaders are still struggling with: the tensions in the Middle East and in particular the plight of the Palestinians. Most readers have probably heard or read President Obama’s speech, as well as Israeli and Palestinian responses to [Read More...]

Rapture ‘Round the Blogosphere

There are so many posts about Harold Camping and his (latest) prediction, and about Rapture prediction in general, around the blogs that I read, that I feel like I ought to link to some of them. Rachel Held Evans blogs about the Great Disappointment, as does Marc Cortez. Scott Bailey posts about the piece in [Read More...]

The Most Pure Bible?

I had someone ask me the following question on Facebook, and thought it might be of interest to a wider audience: In your opinion as a Theologist, what is considered the most pure Bible. I want to read the Bible in it’s purest form that hasn’t been edited to benefit anyone. Any suggestions? After asking [Read More...]

Challenge to Anti-Intellectual Christians

This is a repost of something I wrote a couple of years ago. It’s a challenge to those Christians who denigrate scholarship as causing confusion and inappropriately asking questions and raising issues. Just read the Bible for yourself, without the aid of scholarship. Sounds simple, right? Sounds like just what you wanted to do? Not so [Read More...]


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