Jacob and the Angel for Piano and Orchestra

I expect that I will be using Max Stern’s books about Bible and Music and Psalms and Music in connection with my course on the Bible and Music in the Spring. Stern is a composer, and not only is his piece exploring the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel interesting musically, but the expanded retelling [Read More…]

Never Children

This Bizarro cartoon gets at one of the problems with the idea that Adam and Eve were created instantaneously as adults, or even as grown children. For that to have happened, the things that humans normally learn growing up would have had to have been pre-programmed into them. And that creates issues, perhaps especially for those [Read More…]

What is the Genesis of this Image?

I’ve been asked about the original source of the image above, illustrating how people in the Ancient Near East viewed the cosmos. It is an image that I shared on my blog in the past. Do any blog readers know what the original source of the image it? If so, please leave a comment. Thank [Read More…]

The Big Story

The above video featuring Rev. Leonard J. Vander Zee offers a very interesting retelling of the Biblical, scientific, and theological stories woven together into a single narrative that has poetry and beauty. In an era when we have many who seem to think that faith invalidates science or vice versa, it is nice to hear someone [Read More…]

X-Files 10.3 – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

This was a great episode, of the satirical and self-parodying sort that the X-Files regularly offered throughout its history. Early in the episode, Mulder reflects on how much of the unexplained has been explained since he previously worked on the X-Files, often in terms of pranks by college students. He uses a phrase from the [Read More…]

The Other Arks

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon. It is always good to ask about things a story doesn’t mention, but which perhaps it should. Gavin Rumney shared an older cartoon that explores a similar idea: [Read more…]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More…]

Literalism = Misconception and Incoherence

The quote comes from p. xxiii of Nahum Sarna’s book Understanding Genesis. [Read more…]

Cain the Drama Queen (YEC Version of Genesis 4)

The image comes from God of Evolution on Facebook. Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what [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…]


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