What would it mean if Jesus had been married?

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One of the odder stories this week involves a small scrap of Coptic papyrus and what it says about Jesus. The fragment is old, but not Jesus-old. It’s more like Constantine-old — 4th-century probably. I’ll let James McGrath summarize: Karen King, a scholar well known for her work on the phenomenon usually referred to as [Read More...]

Jeff Foxworthy, Mr. Gradgrind, and Bible trivia

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The Game Show Network has a (basic-cable) hit on its hands with The American Bible Challenge, a new quiz-show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. GSN says the show features contestants who: “compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions will be drawn from the rich, dense narrative [Read More...]

What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?

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Excellent question. “What if you’re wrong?” is always an excellent question and I’m grateful to my inquisitors and critics for making sure I never forget it. Even if I don’t always enjoy the tone of their full expression of this question, I thank them for the helpful reminder that I always might be wrong. That’s [Read More...]

The clobber verses vs. ‘the only thing that counts’

Same argument. Same hermeneutic. Same body part.

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [Read More...]

But what about all those anti-gay clobber verses?

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“I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral,” I wrote the other day. Again. This horrifies many of my fellow evangelicals — not solely because they are anti-gay, but largely because they are pro-Bible. That notion of “objective immorality” is tied up with the need or desire to turn to the Bible for “objective” [Read More...]

‘God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean’

In comments a few days back, I see there was a question regarding whether I believe “that homosexuality is objectively immoral.” It’s my fault if I haven’t been as clear as I need to be on that point: No. I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral. But that’s not strong enough. It’s more [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Andrew Lloyd Weber and lazy KJV-only monoglots

Via Patheos blogger and New Testament professor James McGrath, I learn that Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has dismissed both of us as “secularists.” I’m a Baptist, and our core belief in “believer’s Baptism” stands in stark opposition to the practice of involuntary baptism into the state church. That makes all of us Baptists [Read More...]

Loving the Bible too much to ‘literally’ ignore what it says

Here are a couple of recent items on a recurring theme around here. The first is from Greg Carey at the Huffington Post and the second is from Kenton L. Sparks’ introduction to God’s Word in Human Words. Here’s Carey on “Where ‘Liberal’ Bible Scholars Come From“: Biblical scholarship is an academic discipline, taught and [Read More...]


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