‘Ambiguity proposes, preference disposes’: We have to choose

BlakeRuth

To read the Bible is to interpret the Bible, which is to say it requires us to choose between possible meanings. This choosing is constant and unavoidable. There is no such thing as reading the Bible without making such choices. Those who imagine that they are reading the Bible without choosing are simply choosing subconsciously, or unconsciously. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (6.17)

Louisville

Dr. Jen Gunter responds to the odious George Will; Marika Rose on women in systematic theology; Richard Burridge on those evil, unbiblical abolitionists; Danny Cortez won’t lead a church that won’t accept his son; and more from Joyce Arthur. [Read more...]

‘Biblically correct in every way’

Biblical2

News item: “Tim Chey, the director behind the upcoming big-budget ‘David and Goliath’ film, told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview that the project is set to be ‘biblically correct in every way,’ and that he hopes audiences will be moved to tears when they see it.” [Read more...]

Looking for the answer in Orion: More Mondegreenage

OldYoung

When we get to a relatively risk-free subject like mondegreens, we enjoy the chance to confess our confusions and to have them accepted with laughter, endearment and something like membership or belonging. It’s like a chance to dip our toes into that intimidating pool of self-revelation that someday we hope to be brave enough to plunge into completely. [Read more...]

There’s a bathroom on the right: Mondegreens and the Bible

The girl with colitis goes by ...

Mondegreens occur when both of those factors are present — both the acoustic fragility that provides the space for ambiguous interpretation of a song’s lyrics and the expectation or desire that makes the alternative interpretation preferable. [Read more...]

‘God and the Gay Christian’ — live webchat today at noon

GGC

Matthew Vines is speaking truth to power and so, naturally, tribal gatekeepers are responding by speaking power to truth. You may remember Vines from a viral video posted to YouTube in 2012. That video has been viewed more than 700,000 times — which is astonishing when you realize that, unlike most viral videos, it’s more than an hour long and consists entirely of a lecture on biblical exegesis. Yes, that’s right, Matthew Vines made substance go viral. [Read more...]

There are more clobber texts about Canaanites than there are about gays

Canaanite

“You shall annihilate them, the Canaanites, just as the Lord your God has commanded.” Jesus seems to have ignored that clobber text when he dealt with Canaanites. [Read more...]

Good Friday and Western Civ. 101

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The frustrating thing here in Luke is that we’re told Jesus had a longer explanation, and that he shared this with his disciples. “He interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Might have been nice if, you know, someone had written that down. [Read more...]


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