Indiana Jones, the Antichrist, and Hell

SpielbergBezalel

The stories in the text provide the basis for other stories about those stories, and details from those new stories seep back into the popular understanding as though they were part of the original. The revised and expanded original then provides the basis for even more new stories, and the cycle repeats itself. The text feeds into popular culture and popular culture, in turn, feeds back into the text, and after multiple repetitions of that cycle we lose the ability to distinguish one from the other. [Read more...]

‘Because of the angels’

"Because of the angels."

This verse seems, today, to be absurdly impenetrable — a biblical madlib in which any other noun could be substituted for “angels” with no loss or addition of meaning as far as we’re concerned. “A woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the otters.” Just as clear. [Read more...]

Qoheleth and the ‘Third Way’

Balance

We need other options if we want to escape from the miserable binaries that Qoheleth describes so well. But the language to describe such options has been co-opted by “Third Way” talk that advocates the unprincipled, obsequious “centrism” of a Joe Lieberman for President brochure. [Read more...]

Again, ‘liberal theology’ is not theology as done by people with ‘liberal’ politics

StupidJuice2

I did not become an LGBT-affirming Christian because of some scholarly research on the best way to translate “arsenokoitai” or because I learned to interpret Romans 1:26-27 in the larger context of the surrounding sentences in Romans 1:18-2:16. Nor did I come to see the full equality of women in society and in the church as a Good Thing due to the excellent exegetical work of folks like Scot McKnight in interpreting 1 Timothy 2:12. All of that is fascinating, but ultimately beside the point. [Read more...]

The broken promise of biblical ‘inerrancy’

Certainty

This same pattern is repeated wherever any group of “inerrantists” gets together and claims that their inerrant, infallible Bible will be their supreme and final authority. It doesn’t work. The arbiter fails to arbitrate and the definitive authority fails to settle all their questions. So they add to it. … [Read more...]

Chemtrails & Creationists: ‘Biblical inerrancy’ as conspiracy theory

Contrails

“Inerrancy” is a kind of conspiracy theory. In this framework, theologians and biblical scholars are the equivalent of Air Force spokesmen. Seminaries are Area 51 (“they” will never admit what really goes on in there). [Read more...]

Love and justice are what give us ears to hear

"If I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith ... but do not have love, I am nothing."

Let me revisit what I’m trying to say in the previous post — “Without justice, we’re not reading the same book.” Tony Jones points toward something similar in his recent discussion of Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian: Vines’s book is oddly lacking in autobiography. He briefly recounts the day that he came [Read More...]

Without justice, we’re not reading the same book

KnowingGod

We will never produce justice as a result of better biblical understanding unless we also produce better biblical understanding as a result of justice. [Read more...]


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