How To Win At Bible

Fred Clark has a post about one problematic but very popular approach to using the Bible, namely as a sort of card game in which clobber verse is pitted against clobber verse. He writes: But the problem, in her inquisitor’s eyes, is that this passage is not itself a clobber-text. He reads the Bible like [Read More…]

Could You Be Wrong About Their Inability To Be Wrong?

We really have no way of telling the difference between God revealing God's self through means which produce literature that looks like other religious literature, and people producing religious literature that expresses their beliefs. But given the difficult theological and moral issues that arise from taking the first stance, the second seems more attractive. Why [Read More…]

Seraphosaurus?

I am grateful to Michael Heiser for making me aware of Ben Stanhope's blog, “Remythologized,” and more specifically his post about a visit to the Creation “Museum.” It includes a discussion of Ken Ham's attempt to treat the seraphs of the Bible, winged serpentine beings, as pterosaurs or something similar. Read the entire post. From [Read More…]

That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

Joel Watts shared this on Facebook. I think that more qualifications need to be added below the “God said it” since this still gives the impression that we have God-authored exact words which, if we could just interpret them correctly, then we’d get the right answer. It isn’t just the presence of human interpretation in [Read More…]

Upcoming Blog Tour: When God Spoke Greek

Brian Le Port and Abram Kielsmeier-Jones blogged about a blog tour that I’ll also be participating in, and so I will simply quote Abram here: …I’ll be joining a group of bloggers in reviewing Timothy Michael Law‘s forthcoming When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Brian LePort at Near Emmaus is hosting. Here is [Read More…]

Father Matthew on Biblical Inerrancy

I'm pretty sure I've shared this before, but in case some of you may not have seen it, here it is again.   [Read more…]

The Heavens Declare

Mark Goodacre pointed out on Facebook that my earlier blog post was missing something, and kindly provided the above altered image to rectify things! [Read more…]

Betraying the Bible

John Shore has the following to say in a post today: The conservatives’ kill shot has always been a silver bullet with four words engraved into it: “It’s in the Bible.” A wife is to submit to her husband. A woman shouldn’t speak in church. Spare the rod, spoil the child. The Earth is the center [Read More…]

Do You Need a PhD to Understand the Bible?

Do you need a PhD to understand the Bible? Short answer: yes. But a longer answer is called for. And the longer answer includes the fact that you need more than one PhD to understand the Bible. When I say you need a PhD, I don’t necessarily mean that you yourself need to earn a [Read More…]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia on Evolution

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia published in 1915 is very popular among conservative Evangelicals and, being in the public domain, it can be accessed online in quite a number of places. I wonder how many of its users have read the article on “Evolution.” It really illustrates how the modern young-earth creationist stance is not [Read More…]