Doubt in Faith’s Clothing

The quote comes from a 2009 post “Doubt in Faith’s Clothing,” which points out that what fundamentalists call “faith” actually looks a lot more like doubt, and vice versa. [Read more...]

Features of Fundamentalism Mnemonic

  Paul Regnier shared the above useful mnemonic for remembering key features of fundamentalism. Here is his further explanation of the points: Science – Rejection of scientific views when they conflict with sacred texts. However, many fundamentalists have made effective use of modern technology to promote their message. Elect – The view held by some [Read More...]

Defending and Betraying Christianity

I was reminded yesterday of the above quote from Tim Gombis, part of which I shared here before. It seemed to me to deserve to be turned into a meme. [Read more...]

Unfalsifiable Inerrancy

When pastor Peter LaRuffa recently said that he would believe the Bible even if it said 2+2=5, he probably thought he was standing up for Biblical inerrancy. In fact, he was undermining it, showing it to be meaningless. It is less obvious for some people to see the problem when fundamentalist Christians dismiss evidence from [Read More...]

When to Run

Via Marc Cortez   [Read more...]

Say NO to Fundamentalism

Steve Caruso shared the above image he made, in a post which suggests that the most relevant verse in the Bible when it comes to young-earth creationism might not be something in Genesis 1-3, but Matthew 18:6. Click through to read the rest.   [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language (and More)

Race Hochdorf has a new website which readers will find interesting, and on it a new post, “The Tyranny of Fundamentalist Language.” He writes: The reason why it is impossible to debate a fundamentalist, is because their very language psychologically traps them into their frames of mind. Click through to read the whole thing, including [Read More...]

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...]

Religion, Sci-Fi, and Conspiracy Theories

In reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood in my science fiction class this semester, one of the topics that it raised pertains to conspiracy theories. How do we avoid the shoddy thinking that typical conspiracy theories cultivate? And if we do that, being skeptical even of those so-called skeptics, then will we be [Read More...]

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...]