Recipe for Biblical Literalism (From the Archives)

Take one part overly-familiar Bible verses. Repeat these verses over and over again until a thick, opaque layer is formed. Use this layer to cover the remaining 39 parts consisting of Bible verses that do not talk about the same subject as those more familiar verses, verses which seem to disagree with them, as well [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...]

Literalism, Critical Thinking and Science around the Blogosphere

Let’s start this collection of links with Adam Kotsko’s post on literalism. Here’s a sample: I sometimes had to fight an uphill battle with secular liberal students who basically took fundamentalists at their word that they were following the Bible “literally” and who felt that such “literalism” was somehow the most authentic form of religion. [Read More...]

Biblical Literalism and Science are an Explosive Mix

The following cartoon was shared today by Unreasonable Faith and then by Scotteriology (with a twist): Far worse than combining Biblical literalism with science is combining religious faith with scientific ignorance, as in the example below from Facebook which came via P. Z. Myers: For an impressive example of the sun’s power on display today, [Read More...]

It’s Hard to be “Biblical”

Many might think of being “Biblical” as challenging because it would be strenuous and demanding to follow every single detail literally, as A. J. Jacobs did in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. In fact, there are a large number of different ways of [Read More...]

Quotes for Ascension Day

Since Dănuţ Mănăstireanu offered a reminder that it is ascension day, and Ken Brown linked to some of my older posts on the subject and offered some thoughts and reflections of his own, I think it will be enough just to share a couple of my favorite quotes from scholars that are particularly relevant today. [Read More...]

Biblical Literalism in the New Jerusalem [a short story]

The story which appeared here in an earlier draft will be available in Touching the Face of the Cosmos edited by Paul Levinson. [Read more...]