Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. Sodom and Gomorrah

In the Biblical story about Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities even if just a certain minimum number of righteous people are found in it. Eventually he bargains God down to ten. The story then unfolds that, although there aren’t that many righteous people to be found in the city, [Read More…]

Use the Force, Isaiah!

I liked this Biblical parody of the well known meme-image that aims to infuriate nerds. It works just as well. If you are a Biblical scholar, or just someone who knows the Bible well, did it make your head explode? From Cake or Death   [Read more…]

Noah’s Publisher

He was concerned with marketing to the young-earth creationist market, no doubt. Via Facebook   [Read more…]

Did Life Begin?

The question of how life began (or in more technical terminology, abiogenesis) is one that often comes up in debates between the anti-science young-earth creationists and everyone else. Ricky Carvel has posted some interesting thoughts on the topic on his blog. He suggests that, if one posits a living God as creator of life on [Read More…]

Let There Be

When not too long ago I shared N. T. Wright’s entertaining reworking of the Beatles song “Yesterday,” making it about Genesis, it got me thinking that it might be fun to do something similar. And so here is a reworking of another classic Beatles tune with new, Genesis-related lyrics, for your amusement. Lyrics follow below the video, [Read More…]

Every Scripture God Breathed?

A question about 2 Timothy 3:16 from a commenter inspired (pun intended) me to think about the text in a different light. One possible background for the rare term θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), sometimes rendered as “God-breathed,” is the story in Genesis 2, in which God breathes the breath of life into the human being he has made, [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists vs. the Parables of Jesus

A commenter pointed out something which I've also said in the past, but which bears repeating. Young-earth creationists are adamant that there must be one creation story in Genesis, and it must be chronologically coherent and factually, historically, and scientifically true. Ironically, Jesus, the one whom most of them claim to follow, taught primarily in [Read More…]

Scholars in Videos

There are several instances of scholars giving talks that have come to my attention in recent days, and they seemed worthy of a round-up. First, Anthony Le Donne shared a video with a talk by David Brakke about Valentinian cosmology: Matthew Montonini shared videos of the famous New Testament scholar Raymond Brown. This is just [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. the Plain Meaning of the Creation Stories

Having recently addressed a number of points of incompatibility between young-earth creationism and Christianity as most Christians understand it and have understood it down the ages, I was asked if I could address the common young-earth creationist objection that  “No one simply reading what the words clearly say would EVER suppose God/Moses were describing a development [Read More…]