Frozen as Metaphor for Academia

From PhD Comics via Marc Cortez. On a related note, I finally got to watch the movie Frozen on the plane back from Israel yesterday, and really enjoyed it. [Read more...]

Love, Chemistry, and Atheism

Someone in the atheist subreddit shared the above image, which they proudly proclaimed that they had fixed to reflect their lack of religious sentiment. A number of commenters there expressed the view that the recipient of the card, even if an atheist, would likely not be impressed with the change. Some think that the only [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...]

Sacrificing Sacrificial Language

The last time my Sunday school class met, we discussed whether the language of “sacrifice” is essential to Christian thinking about the death of Jesus, or is a metaphor or illustration used in New Testament texts precisely because it related the death of Jesus to something familiar, helping people to make sense of it. In [Read More...]

Adam: Assumed or Accentuated?

The attempt at an alliterative title hopefully will not obscure what this post is about, which is an attempt to clarify my thinking about Adam in Paul’s letters. This is a follow-up to my earlier post, in which I explained some of the reasons for concluding that Jesus and Paul were not literalists, which in turn emerged [Read More...]

The Bible and Science

A Facebook friend shared this image: There is a lot here that is problematic. Let’s just focus on one example, and begin with the very first claim, namely that the Bible “foresaw” the near-spherical shape of the Earth. The truth is that the Hebrew Bible uses the term circle – in other words, it says the [Read More...]

Just How Racy is the Song of Songs?

Today my class on the Bible focused on Song of Songs. This was my first time including the text as a focus. With so much to cover in a semester, it seemed in the past to be an obvious choice for something to leave by the wayside. But since it is highlighted in the textbook [Read More...]

Did Jesus Understand Genesis 2 Literally?

Many will point to Jesus' words about divorce, in the context of which he quotes Genesis 2, as evidence that Jesus believed Adam and Eve were literal people, and will then on that basis argue against modern biology, or claim this proves that he supported the view of marriage as involving only one man and [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Matthew R. Schlimm)

“No reader of Genesis has literally been expelled from the Garden of Eden. No reader has seen firsthand the cherubim and whirling, flaming sword east of the tree of life. And yet, Genesis clearly invites its readers to adopt Adam and Eve as metaphorical representations of themselves. In fact, it is a casualty of translation [Read More...]

Genesis and Young-Earth Creationists Demean God!

I have decided no longer to put up quietly with the teachings of Genesis 1 and young-earth creationists. How dare they demean God and make him out to be only very powerful rather than omnipotent? Why can they not accept that teaching creation in six days detracts from God’s glory, when God, being omnipotent, could [Read More...]

Pete Enns on the Inconsistent Literalism of alleged “Biblical Literalists”

Pete Enns’ blog has moved to Patheos, as regular readers of it will know. Take this opportunity to update your subscriptions if you haven’t already, and check out his latest post, which points out the inconsistency of Al Mohler’s “apparent age” approach to dealing with issues at the intersection of Bible and science. Here’s the [Read More...]


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