Reading the Christmas Stories: What is biblical criticism? Part 2

Now, let's all do a little critical reading of the Bible together. … [Read more...]

Dallas Bible Events

There are a couple of events in the Dallas area that I will be attending in the coming months. I thought others might like to know about them. Both are free and open to the public. If anyone wants to get together before or after I am open for that. If you don't want to see me, I can't say that I blame you, but the events should be pretty good. … [Read more...]

What is biblical criticism? Part I

What is Biblical Criticism?If you read a book on biblical criticism, you are likely going to be confronted with a large number of terms which describe various types of biblical criticism. For example, I just finished reading To Each its Own Meaning, which dedicates one chapter each to different types of criticism. Here are the chapter titles: source criticism, form criticism, tradtion-historical criticism, redaction criticism, social-scientific criticism, canonical criticism, rhetorical … [Read more...]

The Trinity, Two Formulations

Yesterday, I heard St. Augustine's formulation of the Trinity. He gives it as a series of logical propositions as follows: … [Read more...]

Mormon Anxieties

A week or so ago some state had some vote about marriage, or so I have heard. It was discussed ad nauseum in the bloggernaccle, if I remember correctly. In all honesty, as a mostly libertarian, I couldn't have cared less about the whole thing, especially since I no longer live in said state. What I did find interesting was the whole discussion in the 'nacle and in church, which I think revealed something very important about us Mormons: our fundamental anxieties. … [Read more...]

Translation Styles and Book of Mormon Apologetics and Exegesis

For the past couple of days I have been reading An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon. Like most books or papers on the Book of Mormon I have read, it lacks a theory of Book of Mormon translation and suffers because of this lack. I would like to propose a rule for all future efforts at Book of Mormon apologetics, archaeology, or exegesis. The rule is that before you do anything you have to lay out your theory/explanation of the translation style used in translating the Book of … [Read more...]

Ledges on the Slippery Slope

One of the better bible blogs is Alan Lenzi's Bible and Ancient Near East. He is also the featured interviewee at biblioblogs this month. I encourage you to read the whole thing. … [Read more...]

Where we fail: Mormon pedagogy and Fowler’s Stages of Faith, Part Three

The main distinguishing feature of Stage 4, Individuative-Reflective faith, is the capacity and need for critical reflection. The critical reflection is directed both at the self and at a faith tradition. Religious symbols are no longer taken to be ontological realities, but are transformed into conceptual meanings. It is a stage of demythologizing. Finally it is a stage of tension between one's subjective feelings and the pursuit of objectivity. … [Read more...]