Never Argue With Children

Via George Takei on Facebook [Read more...]

Just the Right Amount of Literalism?

The quote comes from Melody McConnell on Facebook, when sharing a link to this article by Karl Giberson. I didn’t include her name in the image because I was concerned that it might be misunderstood either that the words in the quotation marks were her view, or that she was actually quoting rather than parodying [Read More...]

Noah’s Ark Ant Problems

Via Caitlin Coberly on Facebook. Even seven, were ants kosher, would not have been enough. Anteaters eat thousands a day. Plus ants have lifespans that are much shorter than the duration of the flood. Has any young-earth creationist ever addressed the ant problems with treating the story as a factual account? [Read more...]

Childish Literalism

What kind of childish literalism reads the anthropomorphic language of Genesis and concludes that the Bible can only be read as an historical rendering of the origins of the universe? – Rev. Joseph Phelps, “Religion and science call for dialogue, not debate”   [Read more...]

N. T. Wright on Literalism

From Biologos HT JK Doyle [Read more...]

Ark Poop Problem

I don’t normally share toilet humor. But the cartoon above (shared by Scott Bailey) makes an important point. It is not enough to say that you believe a story in the Bible to be literally true and historically factual. If that story, treated as history or science, has implications, then you are saying that you [Read More...]

God at Work

There are lots of problems with a literalistic approach to Genesis, and to the Bible in general. But the biggest is that it denies that God so transcends our human comprehension that God can only be pointed to through symbols. The final editor of Genesis presumably understood this. He placed side by side two depictions [Read More...]

Reading Genesis Literally

There’s a new blog, Scribalishess, written by a Hebrew Bible professor. Here is a quote from the end of the first substantive post, on reading Genesis literally: This is why biblical literalism (in the sense stated at the beginning) fails. It fails to read Genesis 1 literally. It fails to acknowledge the ancient writer’s worldview. It [Read More...]

Selective Literalism

Inspired by an image I saw on Facebook, but which had a typo in it and thus could not simply be reposted as it was. Here it is, however, to give credit where credit is due:     [Read more...]

Geocentrism is Better than Young-Earth Creationism

I recently had a comment left on my blog by what appears to be a bona fide geocentrist. I had been planning on blogging about the topic, since it had come up on a couple of other blogs I read. Brandon Withrow blogged about a movie called “The Principle” which promotes geocentrism. It appears to [Read More...]

I Take The Bible Too Seriously To Take It All Literally

This quotation is often attributed to Karl Barth, but it is verifiably the words of Madeleine L’Engle. Blog reader Eric Funston kindly made the image with the appropriate attribution and shared it on his blog, That Which We Have Heard and Known.   [Read more...]


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