Reading Genesis Literally

There’s a new blog, Scribalishess, written by a Hebrew Bible professor. Here is a quote from the end of the first substantive post, on reading Genesis literally: This is why biblical literalism (in the sense stated at the beginning) fails. It fails to read Genesis 1 literally. It fails to acknowledge the ancient writer’s worldview. It [Read More...]

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Versus

Patheos has a new feature called Versus, which is a place set aside specifically for debate about issues. Take a look, see what’s there to start with, and provide input on what sorts of topics it would be interesting to see debated there in the future – including any that you’d like to see me [Read More...]

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Tolkien and Lewis on Myths and Lies

Thanks to Joel Watts for making me aware of this dramatization of a famous discussion between J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, one that was instrumental in the conversion of the latter to Christianity. [Read more...]

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Ad Hominem

Regular commenter Ian said the following, which made an important point clearly and succinctly, and so I wanted to share it. He wrote: Being shown in detail that you’re wrong is often confused for a personal attack. I have heard so many people, when presented with counter-evidence to their views, complained that the person criticizing [Read More...]

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Debatable

Fred Clark has a great post on magic tricks and the art of debate, which he starts off by saying ““Debate” is a parlor trick.” Here is a sample: When Ray Comfort challenges someone to a debate over the truth of Christianity, I wince because I am a Christian and I know that Comfort is [Read More...]

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Aragormney

Joe Weaks has created another Lord of the Rings Romney meme photo, as you can see. Last time it was Sauromney, this time it is Aragormney!   [Read more...]

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President Obama is a Christian

It is incredibly frustrating to see American after American say that Barack Obama is not a Christian. This sign from a church in Texas has been getting a lot of attention today:  0 The only way I can make sense of such statements is to conclude that many Americans are deeply confused about what a [Read More...]

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Jabba’s Binders Full of Women

A meme centered on Mitt Romney’s use of the phrase “binders full of women” has gone viral. I found myself feeling that it needs more sci-fi takes, and so here’s my Star Wars contribution featuring Jabba the Hutt with his binders (in a different sense) full of women. I am sure you can do better [Read More...]

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Sesame Street Post-Debate Meme

There definitely needs to be a Sesame Street meme that addresses Romney and his plan to cut funding for PBS (about 1/100th of 1% of the federal budget) to address budget issues. Here’s my contribution to get this started. If you make your own, please share a link in the comments section! Educators, note that [Read More...]

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Arguing for Jesus

A Facebook conversation (if one can call it that) in which I recently became embroiled reminds me of how I used to approach discussions with those who disagreed with me. It was OK to lump my opponents with the worst behavior among those who agreed with them, but any attempt to reverse that logic was [Read More...]

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Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More...]

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