Fast Times at Butler University

One of the students in my First Year Seminar course, “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” is also a blogger and is blogging about the class! The blog is called “Fast Times at Butler University” and here is link to a post about the most recent class meeting (which I mentioned in my last post): “Objective Morality [Read More…]

A More Complicated View of the Bible

Fred Clark has posted about Evangelical defenders of slavery and what their stance in a bygone era tells us about their approach to the Bible. In the process, he writes: The white evangelical opponents of slavery thus adopted a “more complicated view” because biblical literalism was inadequate — incapable of offering wisdom, guidance or truth. [Read More…]

Getting Back to Biblical Principles

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Afterlife Diversity

A friend shared this screenshot from the movie Hellbound? on Facebook. I would dispute whether some of these texts clearly belong in the particular category in which they are placed (although if I recall correctly, in the movie the point of the chart was not to say that these prooftext support these views but simply [Read More…]

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…]