Please Take Genesis 1 Literally

I am really tired of those pseudo-literalists known as young-earth creationists. I really want people to take the entirety of Genesis 1 literally, and not just the parts they find acceptable. Saying that you believe in creation in six literal days, but without a literal dome over the earth, and without the greater and lesser [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

In a Facebook group I am a part of, Geoffrey Jones shared this helpful collection of excerpts from Jewish and Christian texts indicating that the ancient interpreters of the Bible understood the firmament to be solid: “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, the middle layer of water solidified,and the nether [Read More...]

The Solid Sky

Hector Avalos has a lengthy and detailed post about the solidity of the sky – the “firmament” – in ancient Israelite thinking, as found reflected in the Bible. Click through to read it, especially if you are not aware of how this provides overwhelming evidence that so-called Biblical literalists in fact pick and choose what [Read More...]

Bible from a Parallel Universe

A comment on Facebook yesterday seemed to me it would be a great premise for a science fiction story. What if it turned out that the Bible originated in a parallel universe, on an Earth that was literally covered by a solid dome, and thus really was literally and scientifically accurate – just not when [Read More...]

How Can We Tell That Genesis 1 Doesn’t Offer Scientific Information?

Someone asked a question along these lines on Facebook recently, asking what one piece of evidence in particular persuades people to adopt the view that they do. There are multiple things that I find particularly indicative. The reference to a dome in Genesis 1 is itself significant. But the point becomes even clearer if one [Read More...]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Nick Norelli shared the image below depicting ancient Hebrew cosmology, i.e. the cosmological assumptions of the authors of the Jewish Scriptures/Christian Old Testament. (It is from the new Logos 5 software which I am looking forward to testing out and blogging about soon.) Nick asks whether those who reconstruct this view of the cosmos based [Read More...]

Further Problematizing Richard Carrier’s Claims about Jesus

Ian has a further detailed explanation of Bayes’ Theorem on his blog. It problematizes Richard Carrier’s use of it in relation to history in general, and the historical Jesus in particular. I am also grateful to Nick Covington for sharing this video, which shows more of what Richard Carrier thinks about the figure of Jesus [Read More...]

Is there or ‘aint there mistakes the Bible?

Some people think that they must defend the Bible's various words, statements, and depictions as being compatible with what we today know, whether scientifically, historically, or in other terms, lest its entire message be put in doubt. But it just cannot be done, at least not without a far greater cost, and undermining the very [Read More...]

Clergy Letter for Imams (and More From the Evolutionary Blogosphere)

Open Parachute and Panda’s Thumb both report on the expansion of the Clergy Letter Project to include Muslim clergy voices in support of evolution. Also related, Sabio Lantz tells how evolution cost him his job. Jerry Coyne discusses the laryngeal nerve as evidence for evolution. Biologos continues the series on Mesopotamian sacred geography and the [Read More...]


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