Another Bible in the Wall

David Hayward’s cartoon which I’ve shared above illustrates one of the ways that people use the Bible. The Bible, of course, includes plenty of material for dividing and separating people. But it also includes a lot of dynamite for busting holes in such walls and knocking them down altogether. What you choose to use this [Read More...]

Bibles Strike

David Hayward’s latest cartoon highlights in a comical manner the tendency of the Bible to resist attempts to domesticate it, whether to turn it into a voice for conservative “traditional family values” or for progressive liberal ones. Reading the Bible has made some more conservative and some more liberal. It has turned atheists into Christians [Read More...]

The Invisible Preface to Genesis

Young-earth creationist Bibles do not begin with Genesis. At least, that is the impression they give. It is as though there is an invisible preface which they alone can see, which they read first, and which provides the lens through which they view the creation material in Genesis. From the way they interpret Genesis, the [Read More...]

I Swear on a Stack of Bibles

Until I saw this photo, I thought that “I swear on a stack of Bibles” was just an expression… The Bibles belonged to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and so it is understandable that president Barack Obama chose to use them when taking the presidential oath. But still…that just makes it two Bibles [Read More...]

Please Open Your Bibles and Turn to…the Table of Contents

I came across this image on Facebook: It gets closer to the truth than what many people seem to think, including Dan Brown. But it is wrong about a number if points – not least of which is the generalization that all Christians think the Bible dropped down from heaven in its complete bound form. [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Bible in the World

When I saw the above image on Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook, my first reaction was, “Why is that supposed to be funny?” The NRSV with Apocrypha is the standard in academic study Bibles – the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the Access Bible, the Harper Collins Study Bible, and many others. And so I use [Read More...]

JesusWeen

Have you heard about the conservative Christians who are encouraging Christians to celebrate “JesusWeen” instead of Halloween? It may sound like it is a parody, but it isn’t. What one has to understand in order to begin to make sense of this is that there are Christians who view negatively any event or holiday that [Read More...]


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