Fox News, American Sniper, Jesus, and…well…I can’t even

Word is making its way around the blogosphere that Fox News is doubling as a theological think tank. I don’t like picking on Fox News when they talk religion of any sort, including Christianity. It’s too easy and it gets boring. But I can’t help myself here. According to the Fox News website, Michael Moore–who really hates [Read More...]

the Canaanites weren’t the “worst sinners ever”: engaging Copan and Flannagan on Canaanite extermination

Earlier this month, Jonathan Merritt over at RNS interviewed Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan about their recent book Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God. Copan is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Flannagan is a philosopher with proficiency in contemporary analytic [Read More...]

for those of you who ever wondered what it was like to live in the 13th century

Well, the words are 13th century. The music is much more recent. But still. And, with this, I bid you all a good evening. Hear, smith of the heavens, what the poet asks. May softly come unto me thy mercy. So I call on thee, for thou hast created me. I am thy slave, thou art [Read More...]

a softer, gentler version of one of my books is juuuuust about to come out

Oxford University Press is about to release the paperback version of The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously, which I co-wrote with Marc Zvi Brettler and the late Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. The volume is identical to the hardcover original (2012), except for a brief preface and dedication to Dr. Harrington. The other [Read More...]

the Bible’s mythic worldview and why you should care (a brief review of a new book)

Do you want a book that describes how the biblical writers themselves actually understood the cosmos? Of course you do. What a dumb question. Well, do you want that book to deal honestly with ancient data instead of “defending” the Bible, while at the same time being sensitive to more conservative readers? Sure you do. And [Read More...]