Have You Even Read Paul?

Fred Clark has a post that starts off being about the whole Duck Dynasty hullabaloo, but in the process focuses on the character of Paul’s letters and the nature of prooftexting. Here’s my favorite part: Quoting Paul to defend exclusion is like quoting Tony Soprano to defend pacifism. Maybe you can find something Tony said [Read More...]

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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