The Great Religious Divide

Here is something I wrote for Facebook when I shared a meme I made with a quote from Richard Rohr: One of the biggest religious divides cuts across religious traditions rather than between them. It is the difference between those who treat religion as a magnifying glass to help expose and oppose the sins of [Read More...]

2 Timothy 3:16

In my Sunday school class, we recently talked about this famous verse, which is cited with incredible frequency in discussions of the Bible's inspiration and authority. And yet very rarely are the details of what that verse actually says noticed. I've already mentioned before that the text does not use the existing word that it [Read More...]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More...]

There Are No Scriptural Literalists

A quote from Dan McClellan, which I mentioned in another recent post, and have now turned into a meme. [Read more...]

The Tower of Bible

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved southward, they found papyrus in Egypt and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make paper sheets, and bind them into scrolls and books.” They used paper instead of stone, and charcoal for ink. Then they said, “Come, let us write ourselves a book, with a theology that reaches [Read More...]

How a Letter Becomes a Scripture

Having finished a study of 1 Corinthians, my Sunday school class proposed as its next topic to focus on the question of how works like Paul’s letters ended up as Scripture – what the process is, and also how it changes the way we read them. Someone said it reminded them of the Schoolhouse Rock treatment of [Read More...]

What Biblical Scholars Do

Bob Cargill wrote on Facebook, “I’m a biblical scholar. One of my jobs is to show people evidence from the book they supposedly revere that certain claims they make aren’t possible because of what it says in the text they supposedly revere.” He then added the challenge, “Meme THAT,” and several people did. The above [Read More...]

The Golden Rule and Reading the Qur’an Fairly

The cartoon above is by Tom Gauld. It seems to me to do a good job of illustrating how people tend to exalt their own heritage and denigrate that of others. This relates directly to how Islam is being treated in the media. I’ve said it before: any Christian who reads the Qur’an differently than [Read More...]

Who Quoted Whom?

In a post on the blog Right Reason, Glenn Peoples seeks to make the case that Paul quotes from the Gospel of Luke. The reference is to the connection between 1 Timothy 5:17–18 and Luke 10:7. If one were to make the case that the Pastoral Epistles were by Paul, despite the implausibility, then it could still be [Read More...]

Best Thing Since Sliced Scripture

I really loved a phrase that Leigh Ann Hildebrand used on Facebook recently, when she said that someone thinks a particular Southern Baptist leader is “the best thing since sliced scripture.” But it also got me thinking about what sliced scripture might mean, and just then I happened across Zack Hunt’s post, asking whether Bible verses are [Read More...]

Derek Flood, Disarming Scripture

I had a chance to interview Derek Flood recently about his new book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did. I had seen lots of interviews and blog posts about the book’s challenge for those with conservative views of the Bible, and [Read More...]