The Bible in Indigenous Languages of Tatooine

Jeff Carter shared the above photo with me on Facebook. He asked me if I had seen this on my visits to Israel, and wrote: “At the Yardenit baptismal site on the Jordan River, Mark 1: 9 – 11 is displayed in various languages – including Jawa…” I wonder what other science fiction languages are [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Observational Science

A commenter suggested not long after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate that even Ken Ham’s attempt to retreat into so-called “observational science” does not do him any favors. The Bible’s statements are at odds not merely with reconstructed history of the unfolding of astronomical, geological, and biological processes, but with what we can [Read More...]

What Makes Someone Become a Biblical Inerrantist?

John Schneider said this on Facebook, and it seems like such an important point, made so succinctly, that I wanted to turn it into a meme. Here’s another one, if you’d like a smaller image: The idea that the Bible is “inerrant” is something that has to be imposed on the Bible, forcibly, fighting against [Read More...]

It Is Written and Rewritten

Bruce Gerencser shared another Answers in Genesis cartoon that seems to get things backwards. The Bible has been written and rewritten. There is evidence that individual texts made use of earlier sources, and that authors like the Chronicler or Luke used one or more texts now included in the Bible as sources. The texts were [Read More...]

Inerrancy is a Dirty Trick to Play on the Bible

The quote is from Fred Clark’s blog post, “Inerrancy is Not a Victimless Crime.” [Read more...]

The Bible’s Contradictions And Ours

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked which Bible contradiction is the hardest one to explain away. I wonder whether the ability to harmonize the Bible – or, more accurately, to pretend its discrepancies have been resolved – isn’t simply one example of the human ability to hold to contradictory ideas. One can find instances of this [Read More...]

Steve Chalke on the Bible

Steve Chalke is an extremely well-known Baptist minister in the UK. He has had some really interesting things to say about the Bible recently, including the quote I turned into a meme above. In truth, there is nothing in the biblical texts that is beyond debate and questioning, and healthy churches are ones that create [Read More...]

Hector Avalos to Debate a Young-Earth Creationist

If you haven’t had your fill of debates about creationism, Hector Avalos (a scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament who happens to be an atheist) will be debating someone named Juan Valdez on the topic “Is Genesis 1-3 a scientifically reasonable account of the origin of our world?” The debate will take place on February 16th, [Read More...]

Childish Literalism

What kind of childish literalism reads the anthropomorphic language of Genesis and concludes that the Bible can only be read as an historical rendering of the origins of the universe? – Rev. Joseph Phelps, “Religion and science call for dialogue, not debate”   [Read more...]

Doing Science

I wish the image had found a way to incorporate the fact that Ken Ham does not simply organize theevidence according to “what the Bible says.” He distorts the Bible and picks and chooses there as well. But it is still worth sharing even if it oversimplifies the situation. [Read more...]

When Nothing and No One Can Change Your Mind

A commenter on this blog made this insightful observation: Ham’s words actually imply (to me at least) that even if God Himself came down and said “you read My book wrong,” he would reply with “This book is right and you are not God.” That pinpoints the danger in Ham’s stance, and that of others [Read More...]


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