Are Christian Fundamentalists actually Polytheists?

I came across this quote recently from James A. Sanders, Old Testament scholar, translater and editor of the Psalm Scroll (Dead Sea Scrolls), and former professor (retired) from Claremont School of Theology Another form of idolatry or polytheism that has emerged in Western Christianity in reaction, in part, to Enlightenment study of the Bible, and [Read More...]

Getting the Bible Right is Not Just About Getting the Bible Right (on therapy, recycling, loving your neighbor, and realizing you are not God)

Today we continue our series of posts on Kenton Sparks’s wonderful little book, Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture. My first post is here and my most recent is here. Sparks is professor of Old Testament and provost at Eastern University, and the author of God’s Word in Human Words: [Read More...]

Is the Bible Really Enough for Christian Theology? No (and the Bible Says So)

In chapter 11 of his book Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture, Kent Sparks tackles the question of whether our Christian theology should be limited to the Bible. In the opening paragraph (p. 118) Sparks says “no,” that we must “move beyond Scripture’s discourse” and attend to other “voices”–four in [Read More...]

“The Bible is Diverse Because Life Is”: Rachel Held Evans Continues her Review of “Inspiration and Incarnation”

Yesterday Rachel continued her discussion of my book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (Baker, 2005). Here she focuses on chapter 3, “The Old Testament and Theological Diversity.” Rachel has done a great job getting to the heart of my book, understanding it, and explaining it to others. If you want a good, [Read More...]

Kent Sparks on “The Problem of Sacred Scripture”

I am continuing my short series on some thoughts generated by Kent Sparks’s recent book Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture. (You can see the first three posts here, here, and here.) In this book, Sparks lays out what the Bible is doing and how to read it well. He writes in [Read More...]


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