Which David and Goliath story is the inerrant one?


The second problem for so-called biblical inerrantists here is larger and deeper and more essential — cutting to the heart of why “biblical inerrancy” is a fundamentally distorted and distorting approach to reading and understanding. The larger problem is not simply that the two stories in 1 Samuel contradict each other, but that the text’s attempt to merge them together is so transparent and seems, frankly, so poorly done. [Read more...]

Valar Dohaeris


Alan King, Tyrian Lannister, Cal Thomas, Willow Rosenberg, Franklin Graham, the Doctor, Jane Austen, Stanley Spector, Eric Burdon and non-religious Jesus. Among other things. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“Then there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” [Read more...]

Should the dragons on ‘Game of Thrones’ have feathers?


Back in 1993, scientists hadn’t yet learned what they know today about feathered dinosaurs. So the filmmakers of “Jurassic World” had a choice. They could incorporate this new information and change the look of the dinosaurs from that of the first film, or they could opt for continuity in the sequel even though that means sticking with the misrepresentation of the velociraptors from the original “Jurassic Park.” They’re not the only storytellers struggling with this new scientific information. [Read more...]

Evil liberal media continues to persecute righteous white Christians by nitpicking about the sexual abuse of children


The Duggar scandal has reinforced support for Mike Huckabee among his chosen niche of white Southern Christian voters. He’s spun Josh Duggar’s creepy criminality into the self-aggrandizing narrative of “Christian persecution” by the nasty liberal media conspiracy. Huckabee’s defiant defense of a confessed child molester thus becomes evidence of his Christian virtue. Now we’ll see if Mike Huckabee can perform this same trick a second time. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 37: ‘Unmotivated close-up’

The Riigikohus in Tartu. (Wikimedia photo by Dezidor)

By fortuitous coincidence, Buck had already learned a great deal about the Antichrist. It turns out that in his interview with Rosenzweig, the doctor had gone off on a tangent about one of his hobbies. When he’s not busy inventing miracle formulas that make the deserts bloom, Rosenzweig apparently likes to study “the lower house of Romanian government.” Who doesn’t? [Read more...]

Wanna see something really scary?

One of the many scary creatures in the Compendium rar

Scary stories, including: An 18th-century Monster Manual; monstrous advice for a grieving mother; brainstorming the next Big Menace fundraising topic; and a trailer for the new Alexander Amenabar film, which either exploits or explores the Satanic Panic. [Read more...]

J.R. Daniel Kirk on the heart of the gospel (This is not an Official Statement of a stance on an issue)


If the gospel is not allowed to be audacious, then how can it possibly be good news? Audacity — sheer, mind-boggling audacity — is a core characteristic of the gospel. If your idea of the gospel isn’t so audacious as to give you pause, then your idea of the gospel is far too small. [Read more...]

Tony Campolo offers an Official Statement on his stance on the issue of homosexuality

Tony Campolo (photo via Eastern.edu)

This is an Official Statement announcing his change of “stance” on an “issue.” Such Official Statements are a kind of ritual genre in the white evangelical tribe, and that genre both limits what can be said and shapes how it can be said. They cannot be about justice or injustice directly, but only about one’s “stance” toward them. And they aren’t constructed to accommodate or acknowledge actual people, only the “issues” that affect them. This displaces the conversation — removing it several steps from the fierce urgency of now and pushing it off toward some more abstract and ethereal discussion of the relative validity of various possible “stances” and their status within the tribe. [Read more...]

Revisiting the immorality of the religious right’s ‘moral high ground’


The religious right’s assertion that it represented the moral high ground was widely accepted for many years. But once they were challenged to defend that assertion, it proved to be indefensible. That’s why anti-gay ballot initiatives in the United States lost in 2012, and it’s why Irish voters overwhelmingly endorsed marriage equality in 2015. [Read more...]