What is Fundamentalism?

The term “fundamentalist” is a controversial one, mainly because few want to be labeled with it on the one hand, and its overuse on the other makes it vague and meaningless. One recent suggestion offered on Facebook (as something someone else had once said) is that fundamentalism is “the belief that the Bible is easy [Read More...]

Lost Gospels

Mark Goodacre posted on the scholarly construct Q, and highlights the difference between that and a lost Gospel, one that we knew from its being mentioned in ancient texts existed, but it no longer does. He nicely relates this to the rediscovery of two Doctor Who episodes from the Patrick Troughton era. Of course, if [Read More...]

Just Following the Bible

Stuff Fundies Like posted the following gem: I just follow the Bible. I just follow the obvious meanings of a 400 year old translation of a document written originally in languages I don’t speak, influenced heavily by cultures I don’t begin to understand, and by people who I mistakenly assume looked, acted, thought and dressed [Read More...]

Ken Ham agrees with Bill Maher

While Ken Ham expressed surprise a while back that he agrees with atheist Bill Maher, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. There are a great many atheists and fundamentalists who are the mirror image of one another. They accept or reject Christianity understood as the same superficial set of implausible claims. There is no awareness of Biblical [Read More...]

Marcus Borg Has Been Assimilated!

Marcus Borg has joined the Patheos collective! His introductory post is called “Meeting Marcus Borg Again for the First Time” (many will get the allusion to the titles of a couple of his books). Given that a while back Patheos was compared to the Borg from Star Trek, I foresee numerous puns in that vein [Read More...]

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...]

People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing

David Hayward's cartoon above gets at an important issue. I suspect that very few of the Bible's authors actually thought in this way. Most genuinely believed that their dreams, their sense of conviction, indicated that God had appointed them. Some are fairly clear that they are human beings like any others, researching, discerning, and writing [Read More...]

Fundamentalism and Conspiracy Theories

Jeri Massi has been blogging about the connection between Christian fundamentalism and conspiracy theories. Here is a taste from her second post about this subject: [C]onspiracy theories are launched and spread by people who need an excuse for their powerlessness. And some psychologists warn that avid fans of conspiracy theories: those who go from one [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...]

Ray Comfort’s Latest Attempt to Deceive is Online

As several bloggers have already noted, Ray Comfort’s new movie, which deceitfully edits what scientists and even random bystanders have to say in order to deceive people about science, is now on YouTube: Use the comments section to discuss the lies, errors, and anything else that is wrong with the contents! I’ll get the ball [Read More...]

Bible for Brains

It saddens me to realize that some may see David Hayward's latest cartoon and think that what it depicts, having a head filled only with a Bible, is a good thing. But to think that is to demean the Creator, suggesting that the fact that we have brains which can discern and reason, if we [Read More...]


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