A More Complicated View of the Bible

Fred Clark has posted about Evangelical defenders of slavery and what their stance in a bygone era tells us about their approach to the Bible. In the process, he writes: The white evangelical opponents of slavery thus adopted a “more complicated view” because biblical literalism was inadequate — incapable of offering wisdom, guidance or truth. [Read More...]

New Around the Blogosphere

Here are a few things from around the blogosphere, including a couple that would be easy to miss. First, André Gagné has a blog, which those interested in the Nag Hammadi codices and other aspects of ancient religion will want to keep an eye on. Next, The Ancient Bookshelf is another blog to keep an eye [Read More...]

Everyone is Liberal to Someone

Cliff Kvidahl blogged recently about an accusation of encroaching liberalism that he encountered. What, you might ask, prompted the accusation? Something to do with the virginal conception? Failure to use the word inerrancy? Suggesting that everyone should get free healthcare? It turns out it was none of the usual bugbears, but merely the affirmation of [Read More...]

From Bultmann to Banana Man

Today is the birthday of Rudolf Bultmann, a great New Testament scholar and thinker about the Christian faith. As with most great thinkers, he had ideas that have not stood the test of time. But so much of what he proposed is insightful that he is still very much worth reading. Conservatives have probably heard [Read More...]

In Christ Alone

David French blogged about the Presbyterian Church USA removing the hymn “In Christ Alone” from its hymnal, because its authors refused a proposed change to the lyrics that did away with the notion of Christ’s death as satisfying God’s justice. It isn’t often that I agree with French, but I do when he writes: The [Read More...]

The Word Became App

Evangelicalism has never, ever been about just “the Bible alone.” Sure, the slogan has been used in Protestantism. But the Reformers knew that the Bible is never alone, and provided commentary on it. And often times the provision of commentary – one thinks of the infamous Schofield Reference Bible – has influenced an incredibly large [Read More...]

Too Conservative

Fred Clark has a post about the fact that conservative Evangelicalism's language gives the impression that there is only one direction in which one can move too far. He writes: Gatekeepers police the fortified boundaries of evangelicalism, but only on the “liberal” border. There is no conservative border… The tribe only has “liberal” boundaries. Conservatism [Read More...]

Intellectual Honesty vs. Statements of Faith

This coming academic year I will be teaching a class that runs in parallel to an annual public lecture series. The coming year’s topic is “Religion and Freedom of Speech.” It will look at the first amendment, specific examples related to Islam and to Russia, and academic freedom. In relation to that last point, here [Read More...]

Bible Verse Arms Race

Having just posted yesterday about treating the Bible as a card game, I was struck when Scot McKnight today shared quotes from an article in Relevant magazine about treating the Bible as an arms race. The point being made is much the same. Here’s a sample: I like to call this exercise a “Bible Verse Arms [Read More...]

Christians at the Forefront

David Hayward shared a cartoon today depicting the church as a deliberately slow and obstructionist entity: He notes that this is not something that the church is by definition, nor something that it must be. And so I want to take a moment to remember some of the progressive voices in the Christian tradition: the [Read More...]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia on Evolution

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia published in 1915 is very popular among conservative Evangelicals and, being in the public domain, it can be accessed online in quite a number of places. I wonder how many of its users have read the article on “Evolution.” It really illustrates how the modern young-earth creationist stance is not [Read More...]


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