Jesus as a Teen

The cartoon is from Inherit the Mirth. It connects nicely to a discussion I had in my “Heresy” class recently. If Jesus was not rebellious in his teen years, if he did not learn to be obedient to his parents the way everyone else does, then is there any meaningful sense in which he was [Read More...]

Tom Oord Fired

It has been almost a week since the news broke that Thomas Jay Oord has been fired from his tenured position at Northwest Nazarene University. Ken Schenck and Ryan Scott have blogged about it. Christianity Today is among those who’ve suggested that Oord’s acceptance of evolution is a key reason for his dismissal. Tim Suttle pointed out that the [Read More...]

A Baptist Timeline

Via Stuff Fundies Like. Baptists get picked on a lot in this regard, and not entirely undeservedly. Yet there is a sense in which all of religious history, and all of human history, is similar – people trying to improve on what came before, and sometimes succeeding, but more often than not, producing something just [Read More...]

I Love Heresy

The title of this post refers to the class called “Heresy,” which I am teaching this semester. We had a wonderful and interesting conversation in a recent class, on the subject of ideas about an afterlife, based on one of the readings for that class period, which was the Apocalypse of Peter. We discussed notions of retribution and [Read More...]

First Conference on Heresy Studies

I recently came across this call for papers that some readers may be interested in: First Conference of the International Society for Heresy Studies May 30-31, 2014 full name / name of organization: International Society for Heresy Studies contact email:  Gregory T. Erickson (gte1@nyu.edu) Deadline for conference proposals extended to March 1st, 2014! The International [Read More...]

In Support of Christopher Rollston

Thom Stark and others have blogged about the unfolding events related to Christopher Rollston, a widely-appreciated and well-known Biblical scholar and epigrapher, who is facing disciplinary action and perhaps even termination at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, because of an article he wrote for the Huffington Post about the marginalization of women in the Bible. I have said before [Read More...]

Jesus Learned

I have been talking a lot lately about how Biblical inerrantists are forced to twist the Bible in order to defend their doctrine about the Bible. People with a certain way of viewing Jesus do the same to Luke's Gospel. There is a famous story in Luke 2 about Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem when [Read More...]

Ken Ham Finally Confesses His Heresy!

Thanks to a commenter for pointing out that Ken Ham, in a post on his blog yesterday, finally confessed his unbiblical heretical teachings in unambiguous terms. Ham wrote, “God’s people need to repent of compromise and return to the foundation of the inerrant Word of God instead of building on the foundation of fallible sinful [Read More...]

Beware of False Teachers – And Be Aware You Might Be One!

Most of the more conservative to fundamentalist forms of Christianity place at least some emphasis on avoiding false teachers. The conservatives in every denomination – and those who claim not to have a denomination – can regularly be seen turning this weapon of religious competition against others. Charismatics and Pentecostals warn against those who claim [Read More...]


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