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...]

Scot McKnight on the Problem with Biblicism

Scot McKnight shares his thoughts on what is wrong with Biblicism. In essence, his main point is that the plurality of interpretations among Biblicists disproves the Biblicists’ own claims that the Bible is clear, sufficient, and guards those who follow it from error. [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature): Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory. John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and [Read More...]

Trees for the Gods

What do you think of this interpretation? In the Garden of Eden story…Yahweh places the two trees in the garden for the benefit of the elohim. I infer this because Yahweh did not allow the humans to eat from them, and the trees impart qualities by which the gods are identified. Apparently the elohim regularly [Read More...]

Let the Text Disturb You

Having posted a link earlier today to Thom Stark’s criticisms of something Mike Heiser wrote, I am happy to be able to pass on something by Heiser himself. He posted what he calls “Heiser’s Laws for Bible Study,” and among them was this sage piece of advice: “If, after you’ve done the grunt work of [Read More...]


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