Were Jesus’ Grandparents a Gay Couple?

The question is facetious, but I presume readers are aware of the genuine issue that lies behind the question. If not, I will sum it up briefly: The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both provide genealogies for Jesus. They contradict one another in after David except for a brief convergence around Zerubbabel. So why propose – [Read More…]

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…]

Biblical Inerrancy Makes No Difference

Last Sunday, my Sunday school class began talking about what it means to have a canon that came to us through natural human processes. I suggested that, in one sense, it makes no difference. Those who subscribe to Biblical inerrancy do not agree on what these supposedly inerrant texts actually mean. And so one is left to puzzle [Read More…]

Don Francisco on the Bible as Idol

Christian music artist Don Francisco shared this striking reflection about the Bible on his Facebook page: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Answer: They can rebuild them. The foundations have been destroyed, but not in the simplistic way most of Western Christianity imagines– it has taken centuries of knee-jerk defensiveness, blind acceptance and willful [Read More…]

Fundamentalism’s Fundamental Fallacy

I often tell my conservative friends that their belief in an inerrant Bible is just as subjective as my subjective belief in an errant Bible. But they just can’t see it. They continue to shout the same refrain that their position rests on objective truth and mine subjective. These conservatives genuinely believe that they are the only truly rational [Read More…]

What Biblical Scholars Do

Bob Cargill wrote on Facebook, “I’m a biblical scholar. One of my jobs is to show people evidence from the book they supposedly revere that certain claims they make aren’t possible because of what it says in the text they supposedly revere.” He then added the challenge, “Meme THAT,” and several people did. The above [Read More…]

Fundamentalism Is Less Interesting Than Reality

There have been times when I thought the opposite – when the world filled with angels and demons and a cosmic spiritual battle waging across it has seemed so much more exciting than the world most of us inhabit. But then Fred Clark comes along and writes something like this: I often criticize fundamentalism and inerrantism [Read More…]

Survey Says: Not a Chance

ProgressiveChristianity.org shared data from a survey of 500 progressive Christians. I was particularly struck by how the most negative answer to the particular questions above were worded. “Is the Bible inerrant?” – “Not a chance.” [Read more…]

Was Jesus Wrong on Purpose?

Mike Skinner shared some interesting thoughts on Mark 2:25-26 from the late Bill Placher: “Is this all a joke? A mistake? By Jesus? By Mark? Mark so rarely misremembers texts that I doubt he is doing so here. I infer, then, that the point of his reply is to show that these Pharisees, eager to [Read More…]

Certainty is Doubt

I love teaching the first year seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason.” Reading Clifford and Tillich, the Bible and Hume, all in one semester makes for great conversations. In Monday’s class we talked about the meaning of faith. Clifford famously discussed the moral implications of accepting claims on insufficient evidence. When Tillich was brought into the [Read More…]