When is the Bible the “Word of God”?

It is obvious to anyone who has thought about the matter that the Bible is not the “words of God.” It includes words attributed to Satan, to say nothing of words to which human authors like Paul have explicitly assigned their names. But even when it comes to the possible metaphorical senses of “Word of [Read More…]

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Moses Awaits the Word of God

From the New Yorker. HT Hemant Mehta. [Read more…]

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Deifying the Bible

In an article about 6 popular Christian sayings that aren’t true, David Schell points out the problems with saying that the Bible is the “Word of God.” He writes: Neither the Bible, nor the Nicene Creed, nor the Apostle’s Creed says this. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is inspired by God, but “inspired” ≠ [Read More…]

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The Word of God by Cat Faber

I am grateful to Stewart for drawing this song to my attention, and to Brian Bowman for pointing out that those who point to this divinely-authored evidence can still say that they are citing the ‘Verse. Both come from a comment on this earlier post. The song is sung here by Kathy Mar, I believe, [Read More…]

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Young-Earth Creationists Make God Out to Be a Liar

This comment was left on Facebook in response to a blog post of mine that someone shared: What’s especially ironic is the contrast between the young-earth creationist approaches to scripture, and to the natural world. They insist that the Bible must be literally true in every word, because God does not lie. And yet in [Read More…]

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People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing

David Hayward's cartoon above gets at an important issue. I suspect that very few of the Bible's authors actually thought in this way. Most genuinely believed that their dreams, their sense of conviction, indicated that God had appointed them. Some are fairly clear that they are human beings like any others, researching, discerning, and writing [Read More…]

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God’s Bible

Here’s another provocative cartoon from David Hayward: David points out that the Bible’s repeated references to “the Word of God” are not about something that can be called “the Bible.” This is true – and ought to be obvious – for several reasons. First and foremost, when the texts that eventually came to make up [Read More…]

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This is the Word of the Lord

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Young-Earth Creationists Substitute Words of Men in Place of the Word of God

Time and time again I have heard young-earth creationists say that one has to choose between what humans say about the origins of the cosmos and of human beings on the one hand, and the Word of God on the other. From a Christian perspective, this is exactly right. And young-earth creationists have chosen the [Read More…]

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Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more…]

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