Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]


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Evangelicals Admit Confirmation Bias for David Barton

So you may remember that a few weeks ago Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, upon learning that the book contained inaccuracies. Historians have known for years that David Barton does shoddy history. What is new is that a growing number of conservative evangelical organizations that before took Barton's words as gospel truth are now questioning him. And why this is happening is fascinating - and instructive.David Barton is the Ken Ham of history. He's got an agenda - … [Read more...]


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“Women and Children First”: An age-old anti-feminist myth

I've written a lot about Vision Forum, and about their fetishization of the Titanic, and this week I came upon something of a bombshell. You see, that whole "women and children first" thing is a myth - a fabrication - originally created in order to combat the fight for women's suffrage. When Vision Forum touts the "chivalry" of the men on the Titanic, it not only perpetuates a lie but also uses this lie to do the same thing the lie was created in 1912 to do - fight against women's rights. Let's … [Read more...]


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David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies pulled by publisher

I wasn't going to write about this but I think I need to. I was raised on David Barton's historical revisionism, studying from his books and reading his literature. Barton argues that mainstream historians have it wrong, and that the founders really were all devout evangelical Christians who intended to found a Christian nation. In a move reminiscent of creationism, Barton essentially argues that mainstream historians are engaged in a cover up, but that he can give you the real story.Well, C … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: More on Vision Forum and Titanic

Julie Ingersoll is at it again, this time taking on Vision Forum's Titanic 100: International Centennial Event, taking place this weekend, with her article, Biblical Patriarchy Advocates Celebrate Titanic 100th with "Women and Children First" Theme.Take a minute to compare these two quotes, the first from Vision Forum's video on preparing what to wear to the Edwardian Tea that will be held at the event and the second from Ingersoll's article: Spend just over two days singing, remembering, r … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum, the Titanic, and “Honor and Protection”

Doug Phillips of Vision Forum has just announced details for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic to be held this coming April in Branson, Missouri. He's calling it an "International Centennial Event," and if you click the link you'll see the huge poster he's using to advertise the event.Now you may be wondering, what is there to celebrate about the Titanic? The ship sunk and over a thousand lives were lost, after all! Never fear, Phillips has an answer: Next … [Read more...]


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Remembering the fights that were fought

One of the things I really loved about turning to feminism and embracing gender equality while in college was suddenly discovering the generations and generations of women's rights activists who gave me the freedoms and rights I have now. Sure, they weren't perfect, but they were definitely inspiring and offered me a full new crop of role models and heroes. I think sometimes we as women take for granted the rights we have today and forget that they had to be fought for and sacrificed for. Last … [Read more...]


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