Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more…]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More…]

Would Ken Ham Listen?

A friend on Facebook shared this with me: To paraphrase what Abraham said to the rich man in the parable in Luke’s Gospel: Ken Ham has the Bible and the evidence of creation. If he won’t listen to these, he won’t listen even if a voice comes from heaven. [Read more…]

Noah’s Publisher

He was concerned with marketing to the young-earth creationist market, no doubt. Via Facebook   [Read more…]

Young-Earth Creationists are Full of Hot Air When it Comes to the Flood

Facebook friends have pointed out a few interesting tidbits related to the notion of a global flood in Genesis. One pointed out Genesis 8:1, which says: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the [Read More…]

The Evolution of Language

In a post about five jobs a creationist cannot do, linguistics was included. Since some might be surprised, I thought I’d comment a bit more on that. Creationists deny linguistics, just as they deny evolution and astronomy and geology, because of an approach to Genesis which they think is literal. In this case, the story [Read More…]

Let There Be

When not too long ago I shared N. T. Wright’s entertaining reworking of the Beatles song “Yesterday,” making it about Genesis, it got me thinking that it might be fun to do something similar. And so here is a reworking of another classic Beatles tune with new, Genesis-related lyrics, for your amusement. Lyrics follow below the video, [Read More…]

Every Scripture God Breathed?

A question about 2 Timothy 3:16 from a commenter inspired (pun intended) me to think about the text in a different light. One possible background for the rare term θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), sometimes rendered as “God-breathed,” is the story in Genesis 2, in which God breathes the breath of life into the human being he has made, [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists vs. the Parables of Jesus

A commenter pointed out something which I've also said in the past, but which bears repeating. Young-earth creationists are adamant that there must be one creation story in Genesis, and it must be chronologically coherent and factually, historically, and scientifically true. Ironically, Jesus, the one whom most of them claim to follow, taught primarily in [Read More…]

Scholars in Videos

There are several instances of scholars giving talks that have come to my attention in recent days, and they seemed worthy of a round-up. First, Anthony Le Donne shared a video with a talk by David Brakke about Valentinian cosmology: Matthew Montonini shared videos of the famous New Testament scholar Raymond Brown. This is just [Read More…]