The Effect of Biblical Inerrancy

A quote from a recent post of mine, turned into a meme. There it was a question – here it is a statement. [Read more…]

A Thread that Runs Through the Whole Bible

In creating a recent post, I was reminded of an earlier post on the same subject, and decided to excerpt a quote from it. Click through to read the original context of the words above. [Read more…]

Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More…]

Inspirational Bible Quote

If you don’t get it, look up Luke chapter 4 and read the context. This nicely illustrates the problem with looking up “verses” to see “the Bible says” and constructing your viewpoint from that. Atomized, contextless Bible verses can be configured into lots of different patterns, lots of different theologies. And in some of them, a quote [Read More…]

Marriage is Sacred

I talked about this topic in my Sunday school class this past Sunday, as we reached the treatment of divorce in 1 Corinthians 7. Different phrases are used in our time – “Biblical marriage,” “traditional marriage,” “the sanctity of marriage.” All of them are used largely synonymously, and hypocritically. Tackling divorce would defend the New Testament’s [Read More…]

What Use Is The Bible?

I’m grateful to Daniel Gullotta for drawing my attention to the above video of Joel Baden, speaking about what the Bible becomes when it remains a powerful symbol but its contents largely unknown. I’ve shared things from Daniel here before, and if you’ve appreciated them, you might be interested to know that he has set [Read More…]

Biblical Candy Hearts

   Jeff Carter made some Biblical candy hearts for the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Here are a couple of examples. Click through for more, including the racier and less appropriate ones. [Read more…]

Amazing Lookalike?

There is apparently a blog devoted to Biblical scholars and their lookalikes. This isn’t the first time that someone has suggested that I resemble actor Paul Giamatti: I think mine may be the only one on the site where there’s a genuine resemblance. What do others think?   [Read more…]

Not How Biblical History Worked

This cartoon came to my attention via Jerry Coyne’s blog. It seems to me to reflect one of the things that modern atheist critics of ancient religious texts imagine to be possible, but few others do, namely that the Bible’s authors took the truth, which was boring, and turned it into something so different as to [Read More…]

Inerrancy’s Broken Promise

Fred Clark has a great post on Biblical inerrancy, and the fact that it cannot deliver what its proponents claim that it can. He writes: It doesn’t work. That’s the fatal flaw of biblical inerrancy — it just plain doesn’t work. I don’t just mean that it’s a poor hermeneutic that encourages self-deception and projection and [Read More…]