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…]

Mapping Bible Contradictions

Via Gizmodo, I was reminded of a web site that was created recently, BibViz, attempting to map the Bible's contradictions. While it tends to circulate among atheists, and to meet with adamant denials from conservatives, liberal Christians were among the first to point these sorts of things out – and even before us, there were [Read More…]

The Biblical-Monastic @ Sign

Via IO9 I learned that Wired has an interesting piece about the probable monastic scribal origin of the @ sign, as a way of indicating “at” (whether in English or another language). It seems th@ monks beg@ this bit of shorthand – in the Biblical sense.   [Read more…]

Press Publish Interview

Josh Mann has been conducting and posting interviews with Biblical scholars who blog, and the latest one is the interview that I did. Previously he interviewed Peter Head, Peter Enns, Chris Keith, Nijay Gupta, Stephen Carlson, Mark Goodacre (twice), Scot McKnight, Anthony LeDonne, Mike Bird, Jim West, and Ben Witherington. Also relevant to academic biblioblogging, [Read More…]

Did NT Authors Think NT Writings Were Inerrant?

There are things which, when you are an inerrantist, never cross your mind, and yet when you cease to be one, you wonder how you could possibly have failed to think those thoughts, notice those things, and ask those questions. A case in point: the New Testament authors did not write as though they believed [Read More…]

A Bible That’s Falling Apart

Charles Spurgeon's famous quote, updated for more recent Bible-reading technology. HT Christian Memes on Facebook.   [Read more…]

A Better Way to be a Biblical Literalist

If you're determined to be a Biblical literalist, or at least to pretend to be one (since no one is really one), you don't have to deny evolution. Indeed, there is a better option, that accepts that evolution occurred and says that God miraculously does evolution better than natural causes could! Since there is no [Read More…]