Biblical Evolution

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How Many Adam?

I have often said (in particular with reference to the creation account in Genesis 1) that one can read a text with great frequency and still fail to notice something for a surprisingly long time. We can also fail to notice what the text does not say, and what we are reading into it. Yesterday [Read More…]

Garden of Eden to become Iraqi National Park

“Garden of Eden to become Iraqi National Park.” That’s the headline in New Scientist. The article is about the preservation of a part of the southern marshlands of Iraq, the region where the Ma’dan Marsh Arabs have historically lived, and a traditional homeland of the Mandaeans. Local lore also claims it was the site of the Garden of [Read More…]

The Invisible Preface to Genesis

Young-earth creationist Bibles do not begin with Genesis. At least, that is the impression they give. It is as though there is an invisible preface which they alone can see, which they read first, and which provides the lens through which they view the creation material in Genesis. From the way they interpret Genesis, the [Read More…]

Let There Be

As part of the ongoing attempt to contribute more amusing musical offerings related to religion, and because we seem to have a “Music Mondays” custom going, I’ve re-recorded the parody version of “Let It Be,” with lyrics inspired by Genesis 1, that I shared once before. I think it turned out much better this time. [Read More…]

Asbury Theological Seminary Lectureships

An e-mail this morning from Digital Commons informed me about audio recordings of guest lectures at Asbury Theological Seminary which have been made available via their digital repository. Not all of them will be of interest to everyone, but some look like they are real gems (I haven’t listened to any yet), such as James [Read More…]

Gentiles and Crap

As we continued working our way through Hebrews today in my Sunday school class, the mention of the curtain (separating the holy place from the most holy place or “holy of holies”), and the lack of mention of the temple (the author focuses instead on the tabernacle), led us to a broader discussion of the [Read More…]

Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More…]

“Christ and the Pentateuch”: JSTOR Content on the Internet Archive

Content from JSTOR's older journal collection has been made available on the Internet Archive. As an example, below is a quote from an article by Henry P. Smith published in 1890, “Christ and the Pentateuch”, which appeared in the periodical The Old and New Testament Student. I think it is particularly interesting, given that some [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. Sodom and Gomorrah

In the Biblical story about Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities even if just a certain minimum number of righteous people are found in it. Eventually he bargains God down to ten. The story then unfolds that, although there aren’t that many righteous people to be found in the city, [Read More…]