People Wrote It, You Believe Them, That Settles…Nothing

David Hayward's cartoon above gets at an important issue. I suspect that very few of the Bible's authors actually thought in this way. Most genuinely believed that their dreams, their sense of conviction, indicated that God had appointed them. Some are fairly clear that they are human beings like any others, researching, discerning, and writing [Read More…]

Circular Sea Lion

IO9 has shared illustrations of fallacious arguments with animals. Above is the one for circular reasoning, which obviously relates to how some use the Bible. Click through to see the others.   [Read more…]

New Around the Blogosphere

Here are a few things from around the blogosphere, including a couple that would be easy to miss. First, André Gagné has a blog, which those interested in the Nag Hammadi codices and other aspects of ancient religion will want to keep an eye on. Next, The Ancient Bookshelf is another blog to keep an eye [Read More…]

The Bible and Genre

Tim Bulkeley has posted the first two of his 5 minute Bible videos, focusing on genre in the Bible. The first is above, and here is the second, focused on prose and poetry. [Read more…]

August 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival(s)

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted on the blog Near Emmaus. Many thanks for Brian LePort for hosting it this month! The monthly Hebrews carnival has also appeared, as has the new Septuagint Soiree. I am delighted to say that Exploring Our Matrix is represented in all three!   [Read more…]

Bible Bunker

This is yet another provocative cartoon by David Hayward. What is your impression of it? Sabio Lantz suggests taking it even further, that liberal Christians use Christian identity in the same way. I'm not persuaded, but see what he wrote and then let me know what you think. But I can imagine fundamentalists saying that [Read More…]

Animate Bible

Through the Patheos network, it was suggested that I ought to take a look at a new series called Animate: Faith. I glanced, was not immediately excited, and left it at that. But today, Adam Cleveland mentioned another part of the series, Animate: Bible, and included a screenshot which grabbed my attention: That got my [Read More…]

Can Young-Earth Creationists and Proponents of Intelligent Design be Christians?

Michael Ruse famously asked the opposite, whether a Darwinian can be a Christian. But the opposite question is the real pressing issue. Here is what I wrote in a comment on Michael Kruger’s blog: I don’t think that any view which misrepresents evidence the way young-earth creationism and Intelligent Design do is compatible with the [Read More…]

God Doesn’t Dwell in Things Made by Hands

Acts 7:48 literally says “the Most High does not dwell in that which is hand-made.” Often a word like “temples” is added to make the sense clearer. But the statement itself is broader, and was a typical term used to refer to idols. The statement seems to me to apply as much to Bibles as [Read More…]

Look for the Surprise

Aric Clark has a very useful post about approaching ancient literature – in particular the Bible. Things we read there may tend to startle, surprise, or shock us, or disappoint us, or seem like nothing out of the ordinary. It is important to look into the context, to really grasp it. What seems disappointingly conservative [Read More…]


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