Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more…]

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Rick Santorum’s Educational Hypocrisy

Lots of people have mentioned Rick Santorum’s outrageous anti-education statement. He said, “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college…the indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.”  I particularly appreciated Steve Wiggins’ comments, which highlight [Read More…]

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Answers in Racketeering (Does Ken Ham Think Noah Was a Millionaire?)

P. Z. Myers drew attention to the fact that the infamous Answers in Genesis has hit a snag in their plans for an “ark park.” They aimed to raise $24.5 million for the project, and have stalled at around $4 million. Why does one need even 4 million dollars to demonstrate the literal truthfulness of an ancient [Read More…]

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Controversial Christmas Carols

In groundbreaking but controversial research, historians are challenging this historicity of the account of the arrival of the magi offered in “I Saw Three Ships.” Archaeologist and New Testament scholar Bob Carlung, who has spent his life investigating the historic topography of the Holy Land, said in a recent interview, “It is simply unfeasible that [Read More…]

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Fundamentalism Meets Sci-Fi: Truth, Falsity and Fiction

The latest in Cake or Death’s series going through the A to Z of modern Christianity is “F” for fundamentalism. I assume the movie the DVD of which is being returned in the cartoon is supposed to be one of the “Planet of the Apes” movies. I’d like to suggest that the underlying reason why [Read More…]

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Slippery Slopes All Around

I have written several contradictory things over the years about the notion of a slippery slope, but one of them focused on the idea of a “radical middle,” where one tries to maintain their balance with slippery slopes on both sides. Scot McKnight posted something very similar today, as he reflected on the fact that [Read More…]

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Ways to Undermine Christianity

You might think that this is a post about what atheists or proponents of other religions do (or some of you might even think that this is something that I do and am sharing tips on for others). But no, some Christians, or at least people who claim to be Christians, do at least as [Read More…]

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The Bible Is Offensive…To Christians, Apparently

Sam’s Club pulled The Brick Bible from its stores after complaints. And according to a story on Reddit, a Christian store refused to put 1 Timothy 2:12 onto a t-shirt for a customer, because doing so would be disrespectful of the storeowners’ religion. Why then is it not disrespectful of Christianity when fundamentalist Christians put [Read More…]

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Why is Ken Ham Believed?

That question, “Why is Ken Ham believed?”, is an important, insightful and puzzling one raised by RJS on the blog Jesus Creed. As that post, “Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 1,” points out: Ken Ham, with no scientific credentials, no credentials in biblical scholarship, no evidence, and no research program, has become the front person, [Read More…]

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If You Are Confident You Understand the Whole Bible, You Are Either Dishonest or Have Not Been Paying Attention When Reading It

This was posted at Stuff Fundies Like, together with a reflection on tactics fundamentalists use to avoid acknowledging that there are confusing and unintelligible things in the Bible. Sadly, those tactics lead most fundamentalists to never open a commentary or pursue other lines of inquiry that might actually lead them to understand more than they [Read More…]

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Pete Enns on the Inconsistent Literalism of alleged “Biblical Literalists”

Pete Enns’ blog has moved to Patheos, as regular readers of it will know. Take this opportunity to update your subscriptions if you haven’t already, and check out his latest post, which points out the inconsistency of Al Mohler’s “apparent age” approach to dealing with issues at the intersection of Bible and science. Here’s the [Read More…]

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