“aha” moments: biblical scholars (and pastors) tell their stories (8): Michael Ruffin

Michael L. Ruffin (MDiv and PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor of First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald, Georgia and former professor in the School of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Prayer 365, Living on the Edge: Preaching Advent in Year C, and Living Between The Advents. This is [Read More…]

What Biblical Scholars Do (since you were likely losing sleep about it)

Biblical scholars build models. A model is a way of accounting for as much of the available data as possible in as coherent and persuasive manner as possible, producing along the way as little cognitive dissonance as possible. A model is a hypothesis of what the “big picture” looks like. Models do not focus on biblical issues [Read More…]

3 Things I Would Like to See Evangelical Leaders Stop Saying about Biblical Scholarship

On occasion I come across some sweeping public claims made by Evangelical leaders about the state of biblical scholarship. These claims may be genuinely felt, but they are still false, though they persist in the Evangelical subculture. 1. Historical Criticism is either dying or at least losing momentum in academia. Rather than assuming that the Bible [Read More…]

A Brief (I tried) Response to a Brief Review of “The Evolution of Adam.”

In the most recent issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 2012, volume 55/2, pp. 408-10), Dr. Eric Bolger (Dean of the College of the Ozarks and professor of Philosophy-Religion) published a brief review of my book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins (Brazos, 2012). Bolger’s review gives a [Read More…]

Would Paul Have Made a Good Evangelical?

No. Even when you account for 2000 years of cultural differences between Paul and Evangelicalism, the answer is no. Why? Because Paul didn’t treat the Bible the way mainstream Evangelicalism says you need to. The way Paul handled his Bible–what we call the Old Testament–would keep him off the short list for openings to teach [Read More…]