The Challenge of Adam 9 (RJS)

Today I wrap up this series on David N. Livingstone’s book, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. In Chapter 9, Dimensions: concluding reflections, Livingstone ties together several themes running through his book. For our purposes today I would like to consider one of these – concordism and the role of concordism [Read More...]

Father Forgive Us … (the challenge of Adam 8) (RJS)

I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his interests. The history of the discussion of Adam and pre-adamic man has several major streams [Read More...]

The Challenge of Adam 4 (RJS)

This series is primarily a consideration of a book by David N. Livingstone, Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins, but the challenge of Adam extends much beyond this of course. The major conflict over Dr. Waltke’s video (Confronting the Data and A Mind for Truth?), as made apparent in his clarification, [Read More...]

Of Fleas and Faith (RJS)

There were two interesting posts last week – on two very different kinds of blogs. The first on Jerry Coyne’s blog “Why Evolution is True,” where he scratches a flea, and the second, a response, on the BioLogos blog “Science and the Sacred,” where the flea responds. A brief excerpt from Coyne – in reference [Read More...]

A New Commentary Series

Baker Academic has done something that should lead all of us to a moment of thanksgiving: I could be wrong, but I think Baker is the first evangelical publishing house that has a commentary series on the Bible by and for Roman Catholics. The new series is called “Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scriptures” and I’ve [Read More...]

Bible Study Guides

Somewhere in the 1980s two things happened: home Bible studies began to flourish and home Bible studies began to study books other than the Bible. Explanations probably abound, and there is no reason to speculate why this happened or debate the value of book studies (other than the Bible). At one time, small groups opened [Read More...]

On the Public Reading of Scripture

I don’t know if seminaries teach seminarians how to read the Bible publicly. I don’t recall one student in my dozen or so years teaching seminary students ever mentioning public reading of Scripture as a discipline or as an important subject. I don’t even recall it being discussed. What is your experience with the public [Read More...]

Today is Goldingay

Our intent is to converse about John Goldingay’s newest OT theology volume (Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Life ) biweekly or at least monthly. Goldingay is quotable, and I love this opening claim: “In understanding what it means to be human, whereas the modern world starts with the autonomous individual, and the postmodern world (at least [Read More...]

The Problem with the Book of Job

Simply put, the problem with the Book of Job is that it is too long for most folks, too long for most preachers to preach all the way through, and too long for Bible study groups. (I’m not excusing our reading of it; I’m trying to explain the reality that the only place folks get [Read More...]

Book Comments: Zondervan’s Encyclopedia Revised

Every Bible reader, especially every teacher and pastor, needs a solid Bible encyclopedia that does its best to tell us what we need to know about history and theology and archaeology as well as sketch each book of the Bible. Some today entrust their minds to Wikipedia, which is a mixed bag of excellence and, [Read More...]


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