Basis for Judgment

I wrote this in a comment in a discussion group on Facebook, and thought it might be worth sharing beyond that context. Choosing to believe that the Biblical texts are inerrant truth, all written by whom they claim to be, and even that God is really their author, and then treating any evidence to the [Read More...]

What Makes Someone Become a Biblical Inerrantist?

John Schneider said this on Facebook, and it seems like such an important point, made so succinctly, that I wanted to turn it into a meme. Here’s another one, if you’d like a smaller image: The idea that the Bible is “inerrant” is something that has to be imposed on the Bible, forcibly, fighting against [Read More...]

Unfalsifiable Inerrancy

When pastor Peter LaRuffa recently said that he would believe the Bible even if it said 2+2=5, he probably thought he was standing up for Biblical inerrancy. In fact, he was undermining it, showing it to be meaningless. It is less obvious for some people to see the problem when fundamentalist Christians dismiss evidence from [Read More...]

Inconvenient Evidence

The quote comes from a comment Tyler left on Tony Breeden’s blog, which I thought made an important point very clearly and succinctly. [Read more...]

Inerrancy is a Dirty Trick to Play on the Bible

The quote is from Fred Clark’s blog post, “Inerrancy is Not a Victimless Crime.” [Read more...]

When Nothing and No One Can Change Your Mind

A commenter on this blog made this insightful observation: Ham’s words actually imply (to me at least) that even if God Himself came down and said “you read My book wrong,” he would reply with “This book is right and you are not God.” That pinpoints the danger in Ham’s stance, and that of others [Read More...]

Is This Bible Verse a Metaphor?

Terry Firma shared the above image. It helpfully illustrates what is really going on in fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible. Their view should never be referred to as “Biblical literalism” since it only insists on the Bible being literally true when it is desirable to do so, and not where it is “obviously” a metaphor, [Read More...]

The Poorly-Worded Words of God?

I had a commenter on this blog suggest that 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture comes from the mouth of God”. The actual statement there refers to all writings being “God-breathed” – or perhaps the usefulness of “every God-breathed writing.” There has been a lot of debate about how that phrase should best be translated, and [Read More...]

What’s a Bible?

That the term “Bible” means something very clear and specific with clearly-defined characteristics and attributes is a widespread assumption. And it is wrong. It would make more sense to speak of “Bibles” in the plural rather than “the Bible.” Between Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Ethiopic Bibles there are significant differences. And the [Read More...]

The Message of Scripture (When We Don’t Flatten It)

Discussing (on Facebook) Pete Enns’ recent post on Canaanite genocide and the diversity of views in the Bible, I wrote the following, and thought I’d share it here too: Perhaps the key is that reading the Bible, without flattening it to claim that it has a single viewpoint and teaching, will lead us naturally to [Read More...]

Angelic Clothing

Tom Verenna asked in a post on Facebook why angels wear clothing. I confess that I don’t recall ever hearing this asked, much less addressed. Surely conservative Christians ought to have answer to this question, since they believe that the Genesis 3 account is to be taken literally, and that the wearing of clothing is [Read More...]


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