Collected Stories? (RJS)

I’ve been busy the last week or so and didn’t get as involved in comments as I often do. But Scot put up a couple of interesting posts last Thursday, one on Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4 with a discussion on inerrancy and the other on Evolution: A Remarkable History (not by me) discussing the history [Read More...]

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 4

Inerrancy broke into a debate in the late 1970s when Harold Lindsell (in The Battle for the Bible ) named names and laid down the law. The law was that a true evangelical believed in inerrancy.  Steve Wilkens and Don Thorsen, both profs at Azusa Pacific, have a new book that takes on misperceptions of [Read More...]

Should Pollsters Go to Seminary? (RJS)

Pete Enns has a new article up at the Huffington Post: Evolution and Religion: Why Religion Pollsters Should Go to Seminary First. Ignore the forum (especially the ads on the sidebar) and read the article – this is an interesting question.  Just a paragraph here, condensed, to get a taste. Commenting on a poll commissioned [Read More...]

Bible Atlas

I will never forget the first time I read the Old Testament’s historical books (Genesis — 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah) cover to cover with a Bible atlas. I was in college and I learned so much. The atlas I used, still standing on a shelf of mine, is not the one I use anymore. The [Read More...]

Houston, We Still Have a Problem (RJS)

We had an interesting discussion Tuesday centered on scripture, the reliability of scripture, and the foundation of our faith: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem. One of the key aspects of this conversation was how we view scripture as reliable in the face of the scientific evidence for an old earth and for evolution. Certainly I [Read More...]

Houston, We’ve Had a Problem (RJS)

Scot forwarded this letter, with permission of the author to post. I am putting it up for consideration because it fits with the general topics I’ve posted on for the last several years. We’ve had a problem – and this problem has raised serious questions in the minds of many, from seventy year-olds in retirement, [Read More...]

Constitution or Conversation? (RJS)

I am reading Brian McLaren’s new book A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith as part of a book group in discussion with University students and scholars. One thing about this book – it makes a great conversation starter. McLaren nails it with his ten questions. These may not be [Read More...]

Creation, Cosmology, and Context (RJS)

The introduction to a series on William P. Brown‘s new book, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder, started a little slow. The formula of the book shows a trend most notable in Chs.  3-9 where the seven creation texts are considered, the relation between science and scripture seems [Read More...]

Telling Our Story – The Story of Jesus (RJS)

This last week I (RJS not Scot) have spent my commute listening to the audio from the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright. This is fascinating stuff – I recommend it highly. I put up a post in dialogue with the speakers at the conference [Read More...]

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...]


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