There’s a quote, attributed to James Barr, which is popular among young-earth creationists. Here is the quote: Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: [Read More...]
In a conversation with a young-earth creationist here on this blog, I was struck by the irony of the fact that he offered, as one reason for rejecting evolution, the teaching of Scripture that we should not follow the ways or teachings of sinful human beings. How right he is, and how wrong at the [Read More...]
There is something ironic about people pointing to their canon of Scripture and being uncompromising on the basis of it or about things that it says. A canon is almost always a result of compromise, and this is nowhere more true than in the case of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Indeed, the fact that [Read More...]
Many readers will know that a while back I worked on developing a prototype of an online Interactive Bible textbook (which you can still read and explore online). It covered introductory topics and I wrestled with how to tackle the next section, starting with the early chapters of Genesis. As I will be doing further [Read More...]
Don’t Let the Fact That Paul’s Letters are Now Christian Scripture Undermine Their Message and Authority!
Paul, in his time, made a case for relaxing Scriptural stipulations about the need for anyone within Abraham's household to be circumcised in order to be part of the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14). He did the same with regard to the people of God being called to observe the things written in the Law of Moses, [Read More...]
One of the pitfalls of being involved professionally and/or personally in the study of the Bible, theology, and/or religion is that one may notice religious symbolism or overtones in unusual and unexpected places. A case in point: I noticed after the fact that my recent family vacation mirrored the story in Genesis 3. Our first [Read More...]
On a long drive, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with my wife and our niece, Dana, about homosexuality from a Christian perspective. In the discussion, a few points came up related to the interpretation of Genesis 2 that I want to share. On the one hand, many have asked why, if homosexuality [Read More...]