Father George Coyne on the Bible and Science

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Ark Poop Problem

I don’t normally share toilet humor. But the cartoon above (shared by Scott Bailey) makes an important point. It is not enough to say that you believe a story in the Bible to be literally true and historically factual. If that story, treated as history or science, has implications, then you are saying that you [Read More...]

Abortion and the Bible

It is common for people to think that the Bible contains clear teaching about abortion. This state of affairs goes back at least as far as Flavius Josephus in the first century. He wrote in Contra Apion II, 202: “The law, moreover, enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids women to cause abortion [Read More...]

The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language (and More)

Race Hochdorf has a new website which readers will find interesting, and on it a new post, “The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language.” He writes: The reason why it is impossible to debate a fundamentalist, is because their very language psychologically traps them into their frames of mind. Click through to read the whole thing, including [Read More...]

Divine Communication

Someone on Facebook asked about God communicating and sacred texts, and I thought I would share the comment here. I think that, of all the possible ways that God might be thought to communicate, the notion that he communicated the precise words that he desired through human authors, without in any way changing their style [Read More...]

Bible-Loving Liberals

The quote above comes from an article by Derek Penwell challenging the notion that liberals hate the Bible. Here is a slightly longer sample including the quotation above: Liberal Christians aren’t liberal in spite of the Bible, but because of it. They don’t pursue justice for LGBT people because they haven’t read Scripture, but precisely because they [Read More...]

Believing without Understanding

Via The Ministry of Progressive Christianity on Facebook. Can you think of examples of this being the case? To me, it immediately calls to mind two issues. One is the view that the text is inerrant, and so a reader with that presupposition may refuse to acknowledge when the text says something that is incorrect [Read More...]

Know Your Bible Versions

The above cartoon comes from Adam4d. I would have liked to see the NRSV with apocrypha on there, with a tweed jacket with elbow pads and professorial-looking spectacles… Which other translations could be added, and how would you depict and describe them? [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Online

Deane Galbraith announced that there is a new website, Biblical Studies Online, seeking to bring together some of the best non-sectarian academic Biblical studies resources on the internet. Below are a few samples of the kinds of things you’ll find there. Click through to explore! For those who may have missed them, do note that [Read More...]

Picking and Chewing

The conservative Christian approach to Scripture has consistently led to conclusions and stances of which later conservative Christians are ashamed. When will there be an acknowledgment that it is the approach (the root) and not only the conclusions (the fruit) that are the problem? Today in my Sunday school class we continued our discussion of [Read More...]

Progressive Christianity is a Threat to Ken Ham’s Deceptions

Ken Ham has gone on record as saying that progressive Christianity is dangerous. This is good news. Any authentic Christianity ought to seem dangerous to oppressors and charlatans and the narrow-minded. Otherwise, we are doing it wrong. Among the ironic things Ham said was this gem: Apparently they call this sort of thing ‘Progressive Christianity.’ [Read More...]


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