Recently Biblical

I’m grateful to J. K. Gayle for drawing the data graphed above to my attention. It shows just how recently the obsession with being “biblical” and all things “biblical” began to take off. There is a lot that can be learned by looking at how the frequency of a word changes over time in publications. [Read more…]

Bible Secrets Revealed Website

Mark Goodacre pointed out that there is now a website for the series “Bible Secrets Revealed” which will be debuting on Wednesday on the History Channel. [Read more…]

Young-Earth Creationists Make God Out to Be a Liar

This comment was left on Facebook in response to a blog post of mine that someone shared: What’s especially ironic is the contrast between the young-earth creationist approaches to scripture, and to the natural world. They insist that the Bible must be literally true in every word, because God does not lie. And yet in [Read More…]

Touching Earth

A blog post by Jericho Brisance, “Christian Agnosticism and Touching Earth,” was drawn to my attention. It emphasizes that it is unacceptable to use history and science in an attempt to justify the Bible without being open to the disconfirmation of the Bible through the use of those same methods. Here is a taste: We [Read More…]

Bible Secrets Revealed Wednesday

Bob Cargill mentioned that the premiere of the documentary series “Bible Secrets Revealed” has been moved to Wednesday. He also provided this to tide you over until then:   [Read more…]

Being Biblical is Unbiblical

I had my attention drawn today to a blog post by Donald Miller, “My Problem with the Word ‘Biblical’.” In it he writes: And so this idea that the Bible presents a comprehensive guide for relationships that is Biblical is, in fact, not a Biblical idea. Nor is it “biblical” for us to use the Bible as [Read More…]

Ridiculous Hype (but for a series genuinely worth watching)

Scott Bailey shared the promotional video for the upcoming series on the History Channel, Bible Secrets Revealed, on YouTube. I do not think that it will change your mind about everything you think about the Bible. But they really did interview some of the world’s leading scholars – and also me! [Read more…]

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…]