A New Category of Violence

The image came to my attention via John Byron on Facebook. What is “biblical violence” in this context? How is it different from other kinds of violence? Or is it violence of “biblical proportions”?   [Read more...]

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X-Files 10.3 – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

This was a great episode, of the satirical and self-parodying sort that the X-Files regularly offered throughout its history. Early in the episode, Mulder reflects on how much of the unexplained has been explained since he previously worked on the X-Files, often in terms of pranks by college students. He uses a phrase from the [Read More...]

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The Last Blogger Session #AARSBL15

This year’s session of the SBL Blogger and Online Publication program unit will be the last ever, and we will be going out with a bang. This final blogger session will feature a panel of well-known bloggers whose blogs – like their scholarly activity more generally – reflects and represents well the full range of kinds of [Read More...]

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Understanding Biblical Inerranists

The quote comes from Fred Clark’s recent post, “How to understand ‘Biblical inerrantists.’” Here is a larger excerpt: The modern assertion of “biblical inerrancy” basically boils down to the claim by certain white Christians that “The Bible says what we say it says, and nothing else, and so you must listen to us as though we were [Read More...]

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The Effect of Biblical Inerrancy

A quote from a recent post of mine, turned into a meme. There it was a question – here it is a statement. [Read more...]

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A Thread that Runs Through the Whole Bible

In creating a recent post, I was reminded of an earlier post on the same subject, and decided to excerpt a quote from it. Click through to read the original context of the words above. [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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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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Marriage is Sacred

I talked about this topic in my Sunday school class this past Sunday, as we reached the treatment of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7. Different phrases are used in our time – “Biblical marriage,” “traditional marriage,” “the sanctity of marriage.” All of them are used largely synonymously, and hypocritically. Tackling divorce would defend the New Testament’s [Read More...]

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What Use Is The Bible?

I’m grateful to Daniel Gullotta for drawing my attention to the above video of Joel Baden, speaking about what the Bible becomes when it remains a powerful symbol but its contents largely unknown. I’ve shared things from Daniel here before, and if you’ve appreciated them, you might be interested to know that he has set [Read More...]

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Biblical Candy Hearts

   Jeff Carter made some Biblical candy hearts for the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Here are a couple of examples. Click through for more, including the racier and less appropriate ones. [Read more...]

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