Biblical Docetism

Samantha Field coined this very apt phrase for fundamentalism’s view of the Bible in a recent blog post. Here is an excerpt: To biblical docetists, cultural contexts don’t have to have any bearing on the text– it’s not really an ancient library of texts gathered together over time and with a lot of arguing. It [Read More…]

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Is the Bible Lying?

I hate the false antithesis that many online debaters try to impose in discussions about the Bible – either it is the inerrant words of God or it is garbage. I hate to think how they applied that viewpoint to their parents’ fallible but useful advice. Then again, maybe they did so, and thus hold [Read More…]

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What the Bible Says

One of my first posts on this blog, after it moved from its original self-hosted location to Blogger back in 2007, was on this topic. Here is what I wrote: This is just a short entry, just to share a further illustration of how the Bible is mythologized, personalized and in some cases deified by well-meaning but [Read More…]

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Maybe God Put Contradictions In The Bible To Weed Out Dishonest Christians

Kent Hovind has suggested that God may have put difficulties in the Bible to weed out the atheists. I’d like to suggest that it is more likely that God put them in there (if indeed God is to blame) in order to see which Christians would be honest enough to acknowledge them, and which would [Read More…]

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The Permeability of Scripture

The Bible’s edges blur into the world around it. There is no human encounter with a text that does not involve that person interpreting what they read, which in turn connects with their upbringing, their culture, their language, and many other aspects of the world around them. On the composition end, the Bible also blurs into the [Read More…]

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Fundamentalism is Immaturity

This is from a post with the title “Inerrancy as developmental disability.” See also Bernier’s post on one of the ironies about inerrancy. Here is the larger context of the quote above: [T]he doctrine of inerrancy…is an attempt, vainly, to resist adopting the language of development in order to explain entities that have clearly resulted from [Read More…]

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Inerrancy is Used to Defend Sin

Inerrancy is only ever used to defend sin, whether that sin happens to be the enslavement of other human beings or the inappropriate exaltation of one’s own thinking. (The above words are from a comment I composed on Facebook, in a conversation discussing Biblical inerrancy.)   [Read more…]

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Christology around the Blogosphere

On the Bible Odyssey website, Larry Hurtado answers a question about the worship of Jesus. Dale Tuggy has a two-part podcast interview with Keith Ward, focused on his latest book, Christ and the Cosmos: A Reformulation of Trinitarian Doctrine. Daniel Kirk blogged about divine identity Christology, suggesting that, like Biblical inerrancy, it is a viewpoint [Read More…]

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Biblical Inerrancy is an Attack on the Bible

Inerrancy is about the desire to have one’s own views regarded as inerrant. The inerrancy of the Bible is just a means to getting there. And the failure to humbly recognize one’s own human proneness to err, which is exposed at the heart of “biblical inerrancy,” shows that this doctrine is not merely wrong, but [Read More…]

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Trust God, Not the Bible

Here is a larger excerpt from the blog post from which the quote comes: Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. [Read More…]

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Understanding Biblical Inerranists

The quote comes from Fred Clark’s recent post, “How to understand ‘Biblical inerrantists.’” Here is a larger excerpt: The modern assertion of “biblical inerrancy” basically boils down to the claim by certain white Christians that “The Bible says what we say it says, and nothing else, and so you must listen to us as though we were [Read More…]

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