Beyond Biblical Literacy

Jeremy Myers wrote a blog post “Biblical Illiteracy is Not a Problem.” I really wanted to be able to disagree, given the title. But I don’t. The point of his post is that, if Christians knew only small snippets of the Bible – “Love God” and “Love your neighbor” – and actually practiced it, that [Read More…]

This Will Make You Want To Watch Bible Secrets Revealed

HT Bob Cargill. Making a video while driving, and claiming that having a preview for a documentary series with no preachers in it is somehow equivalent to what Hitler did, makes you seem ridiculous. No, really, much more ridiculous than the sensationalized claims  in the ads for the documentary series – and those are pretty [Read More…]

Bible Secret Tweets Revealed

Joel Watts shared some of the tweets from conservative Christians about the upcoming History Channel documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed“:           [Read more…]

Bible Secrets Revealed: Sneak Peek

Coming soon to the History Channel. [Read more…]

Bible Secrets Revealed

Bob Cargill shared the following about a documentary which, unless all the footage ended up on the cutting room floor, I will be in: I’m pleased to announce that a new documentary series will begin airing on History beginning Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00pm / 9:00 Central. The series is entitled, Bible Secrets Revealed, and is produced by Prometheus [Read More…]

The Bible Says

David Hayward’s latest cartoon makes a good point. People have justified all sorts of contradictory things from the Bible – from their faith to their atheism, from their right-wing politics to their left-wing economics, from their violence against others to their pacifism. What are the implications of recognizing this and taking it seriously? At the [Read More…]

The Godless Meteorological Conspiracy

Pete Enns linked to a blog post that makes a point I’ve often made here. If you are going to oppose evolution on the grounds that it embraces naturalism, then by golly you’ve got to really get upset about meteorology. It is secular, fundamentally opposed to Biblical teaching, and on the television 24/7. After summarizing [Read More…]

And There You Have It

Via Pinterest. Einstein is purported to have said “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Whatever you think of the Bible, those thoughts should reflect what the Bible actually is. And there are a great many people who embrace it or reject it not as a complex compilation of diverse literature, but on [Read More…]

The Message of Scripture (When We Don’t Flatten It)

Discussing (on Facebook) Pete Enns’ recent post on Canaanite genocide and the diversity of views in the Bible, I wrote the following, and thought I’d share it here too: Perhaps the key is that reading the Bible, without flattening it to claim that it has a single viewpoint and teaching, will lead us naturally to [Read More…]

Job Notwithstanding

That the view that suffering is due to sin is still prevalent, even in traditions that have the Book of Job, just goes to show how tenacious that way of viewing things is. It is easier to accept the view of Job's friends (even if one accepts as authoritative the Book of Job, which condemns [Read More…]