Evolution and Ecclesiastes

Thanks to God of Evolution for this nice reminder that “what the Bible says,” and how it relates to what science reveals, is not monolithic and uniform, contrary to what young-earth creationists would have you believe. See too the discussion there of whether Genesis depicts creation as not merely good but “perfect.” [Read more...]

Not Just a Pot

There is a comparison between God and a potter on the one hand, and humanity and pottery on the other, in both testaments of the Christian Bible. The analogy is not apt. Pots do not feel pain. And as human beings, we rarely agree that the simple act of creating means that the one who [Read More...]

James Kugel Lecture on Biblical Interpretation

HT Scott Bailey [Read more...]

In The Beginning…Physics?

I saw this on Facebook. I really don't see the overlap. Sure, light is a connection. But spacetime isn't mentioned in Genesis, nor is hydrogen, and even if free will is implicit in the story in Genesis 3, uncertainty is not the same thing. So I don't think this depicts “the quantum physics of Genesis” [Read More...]

Sailing the Waters Above

The above screenshot from a Yahoo! question came my way via Facebook. Most felt it to be a parody. If so, it is a good one – taking the Bible at its word and insisting on its literal truthfulness about a detail that most self-proclaimed literalists are happy to ignore. Perhaps I should do a [Read More...]

Can Young-Earth Creationists and Proponents of Intelligent Design be Christians?

Michael Ruse famously asked the opposite, whether a Darwinian can be a Christian. But the opposite question is the real pressing issue. Here is what I wrote in a comment on Michael Kruger’s blog: I don’t think that any view which misrepresents evidence the way young-earth creationism and Intelligent Design do is compatible with the [Read More...]

Read Genesis Literally

Indeed, I’ve made the case here more than once for Jesus having interpreted Genesis 2 in a decidedly non-literal fashion, as the story itself indicates it ought to be understood. [Read more...]

A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis

Robert Holmstedt normally blogs about Hebrew grammar. But the nonsense Answers in Genesis spouts about the Bible and not just science has irked him enough to comment. Here’s a taste of what he wrote in a recent blog post: If a person’s view of the authority rests on reading Genesis scientifically and so his or her [Read More...]

How Many Adam?

I have often said (in particular with reference to the creation account in Genesis 1) that one can read a text with great frequency and still fail to notice something for a surprisingly long time. We can also fail to notice what the text does not say, and what we are reading into it. Yesterday [Read More...]

The Invisible Preface to Genesis

Young-earth creationist Bibles do not begin with Genesis. At least, that is the impression they give. It is as though there is an invisible preface which they alone can see, which they read first, and which provides the lens through which they view the creation material in Genesis. From the way they interpret Genesis, the [Read More...]

Gentiles and Crap

As we continued working our way through Hebrews today in my Sunday school class, the mention of the curtain (separating the holy place from the most holy place or “holy of holies”), and the lack of mention of the temple (the author focuses instead on the tabernacle), led us to a broader discussion of the [Read More...]


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