Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an

An interesting call for papers (via Religion CFP and ACLA): Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an. Organizer: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Contact the Seminar Organizers Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the [Read More…]

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Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More…]

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Trexegesis

I’ve had my attention drawn to the Anomaly podcast about hermeneutics and Star Trek. It emphasizes why “It was the 60s” is not a sufficient justification for things like sexism on Star Trek: The Original Series. Here’s a sample: I tend to think there’s also extra pressure on Star Trek because it has a reputation for being progressive. For the [Read More…]

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Don Francisco on the Bible as Idol

Christian music artist Don Francisco shared this striking reflection about the Bible on his Facebook page: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Answer: They can rebuild them. The foundations have been destroyed, but not in the simplistic way most of Western Christianity imagines– it has taken centuries of knee-jerk defensiveness, blind acceptance and willful [Read More…]

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Different Bricks, Different Bibles

Now that it has been published, I wonder whether anyone will do a comparison between The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: A Children’s Guide to the Old and New Testament, and The Brick Bible – which is most definitely not aimed at children. How do they approach their storytelling? What is similar and different about them? How [Read More…]

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Question Jesus (He’d Want You To)

Two posts converged recently in my reader – one from David Hayward with the above cartoon, the other from Neil Carter about the last time he went to Sunday school, and the impact that the discussion of the Israelite extermination of the Canaanites had on him. In the latter post, Carter writes: Religious dogma can put [Read More…]

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Reading without Interpreting?

Via God of Evolution. It was shared in a post called “Two Memes About The Bible” and so you’ll need to click through it you want to find out what the second one was. The point is an important one. If you have not “interpreted” a text, then you have not made sense of the [Read More…]

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Inspirational Bible Quote

If you don’t get it, look up Luke chapter 4 and read the context. This nicely illustrates the problem with looking up “verses” to see “the Bible says” and constructing your viewpoint from that. Atomized, contextless Bible verses can be configured into lots of different patterns, lots of different theologies. And in some of them, a quote [Read More…]

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Bible Proof-Texting Is An Unwinnable Game

A couple of years ago, Fred Clark posted about the way playing Bible clobber verses resembles a card game. His point reminded me of the famous scene towards the end of the movie WarGames. And so I wrote, in a post entitled “How To Win At Bible”: The only winning move in the clobber verse Bible game [Read More…]

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Same-Sex Marriage and Opposite-Sex Divorces

If those who are against same-sex marriages want to use the Bible to argue against such marriages, they will need to explain why they are taking only part of the biblical definition of marriage. And if they want to complain about the redefinition of marriage, they should focus on the redefinition that made marriage a [Read More…]

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Fundamentalists and Scholarship

I made the same point some years ago in a blog post. But the above image, shared on Facebook by the page Science & Scripture, makes the point much more effectively and succinctly. Does someone claim that they simply read the Bible and have no need for scholars, when they are reading the Bible in translation, [Read More…]

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