The Bible, Inspiration, and Fundamentalism

Chris Heard was “inspired” by a recent blog post of mine to share some thoughts on his blog about the Bible and inspiration. First, let me emphasize that, had the terminology of “inspiration” been widely used in the Bible as a way of indicating the distinctive character of sacred texts, I would not have made [Read More…]

The Bible’s Authors Were Inspired by God

The Bible’s authors were inspired by God. That statement has been the focus of an incredible amount of controversy. But for some reason, late last night the thought occurred to me that the controversy is largely the result of taking that phrase in something other than its normal English sense. There have been countless books [Read More…]

Accepting the Bible

Praising the Bible is not acceptance of the Bible, and idolatrously attributing the divine attribute of inerrancy to the Bible, when the Bible itself condemns idolatry, most certainly isn’t acceptance of the Bible. Only accepting what the Bible actually says, even if it doesn’t agree with your claims, assumptions, and doctrines about the Bible, is [Read More…]

Chicken Little Credo?

Several posts around the blogosphere have converged on a single point, and I have wanted for some time to share some links and chime in myself. I think it first started for me with the convergence of two posts on the same day in my feed reader. The first was on the blog Brick by [Read More…]

Should Christianity be about Believing the Unbelievable or Doing the Unbelievable?

A post by Jim Burklo seems to me to pose a key question about what Christianity is, what it can be, and what it should be. Here is the question in a nutshell: Should Christianity be about believing that which is unbelievable – accepting claims about miracles and the supernatural, for instance – or about [Read More…]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More…]

Assuming a Spherical Bible

The blog ´╗┐´╗┐psnt.net had a post on not assuming a spherical Jesus, which inspired me to explore the same analogy with the Bible, leading me to draw this cartoon. The original post begins with the tendency of theoretical physicists to posit an “ideal” state that doesn’t correspond to any actual reality but makes calculations possible. [Read More…]