Christmas Trees in the Bible

The above image is from a post by J. M. Green that focuses on precisely what the image illustrates: the problematic nature of prooftexting and appeals to texts as allegedly predictions of later things. Jeremiah 10:2-4 reads (in the version that most people who oppose Christmas trees would likely quote): Thus saith the Lord, Learn not [Read More...]

Bible Verse Arms Race

Having just posted yesterday about treating the Bible as a card game, I was struck when Scot McKnight today shared quotes from an article in Relevant magazine about treating the Bible as an arms race. The point being made is much the same. Here’s a sample: I like to call this exercise a “Bible Verse Arms [Read More...]

The Wrong Way to Read the Bible

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The Shadow Bible

A commenter on a recent post mentioned the experience of highlighting substantial parts of a work by Nietzsche while working on an essay. Years later, he found the text and tried reading those parts he hadn’t highlighted, to see what was in the sections that he didn’t find significant at the time. He then went [Read More...]


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