Trees for the Gods

What do you think of this interpretation? In the Garden of Eden story…Yahweh places the two trees in the garden for the benefit of the elohim. I infer this because Yahweh did not allow the humans to eat from them, and the trees impart qualities by which the gods are identified. Apparently the elohim regularly [Read More...]

Divine Christology in Mark’s Gospel?

Kevin Brown, on his blog Diglotting, has posted part one and part two of a series about the Christology of the Gospel of Mark. Kevin does a great job of highlighting what the text does – and does not – say, and in the process suggests that some common interpretations read things into the text [Read More...]

Is God Bald?

I heard from a relative today a story about a younger child in our family who asked her parent if God has hair. The parent had at least enough theological sophistication to recognize that it is inappropriate to say “yes” in response to such a question, and so answered “No.” The child looked puzzled, and [Read More...]

Literalism and Biblical Authority

David Withun offers an interesting extended quote from James Turner’s book Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America, addressing how Biblical literalism has served to undermine the authority of the Bible. [Read more...]

No One Believes That The God Of The Bible Exists Anymore (From The Archives)

The title of this post is not a complaint; it is merely an observation. No one confronts the representatives of another tradition with a contest to see which one’s deity will send fire from heaven as Elijah did. No Christian blogger claims that those who comment negatively will be struck with blindness for doing so, [Read More...]

Ken Ham and Atheists Agree

Joel Watts highlights that Ken Ham agrees with the logic of atheists. Ken sets up a logical chain which he has clearly linked together backwards. Since he can think of no reason to believe in God if there was no literal Adam and Eve, he tries to prove the latter so as to lead to [Read More...]

Clergy Letter for Imams (and More From the Evolutionary Blogosphere)

Open Parachute and Panda’s Thumb both report on the expansion of the Clergy Letter Project to include Muslim clergy voices in support of evolution. Also related, Sabio Lantz tells how evolution cost him his job. Jerry Coyne discusses the laryngeal nerve as evidence for evolution. Biologos continues the series on Mesopotamian sacred geography and the [Read More...]

Can Noah’s Ark Be Salvaged? (From The Archives)

This post is not about whether a ‘real ark’ can be found on a mountain somewhere. The question is whether the story of Noah’s Ark can be told today in a way that continues to serve any healthy, positive, meaningful purpose. The story is so familiar from childhood that we can forget that it is [Read More...]

Blogging about Jesus Mythicism: The story so far

Regular readers of Exploring Our Matrix know that one of the topics I have been blogging about for some time is mythicism – the viewpoint that Jesus is more likely to be a purely fictional figure invented more-or-less from scratch based on earlier mythical figures and texts, than to be a historical figure around whom [Read More...]

Respect God’s Privacy

After a failed prediction of the Rapture or the end of the world, there are always a variety of reactions: some are disappointed, some relieved, some unsurprised, some smug, some frustrated. What should not be missed, however, is that we live in a world in which, on the one hand, some people actively seek and [Read More...]

Leaving God Behind

I was going to call this blog entry “Taking Leave Of God”, but since I’ve actually never read Don Cupitt’s book by that title, I decided not to allude to it. The inspiration for this entry in fact comes from some verses in Exodus 33 – a story tucked away between the better-known stories of the [Read More...]


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