Jesus never read ‘The Bible’

“How can we know the way?” Thomas asks.

“Read the Bible,” says the evangelical preacher down the block from me.

“Read the Bible as absolutely true and authoritative, in every word,” says Tim Keller.

But that’s not what Jesus said. Not at all. [Read more…]

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Yes and I’ve often felt forsaken

Spent my weekend rack-diving at the Big Box. Hope yours was more fun. Some Monday thoughts and links, including: Farewell John Glenn; what Mr. Rogers taught me about religion and ETI; the Bible is not a reference book; and don’t be confused about the meaning of Donald Trump’s endorsement by the Klan. [Read more…]

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Monday Monday tekel upharsin

If you wrote something that was half in poetry and half in prose, you’d probably have a good reason why you made that choice. You’d mean it to mean something. The same was probably true for whoever wrote the book of Joel, but what that choice meant for them is, to us, a bit of a mystery. (Plus: Suggestions wanted for a First Testament iTunes playlist.) [Read more…]

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Concordance-ism backfires for anti-gay preacher

Concordance-ism doesn’t ask us to read the Bible. It asks us to “look up” things in the Bible — to consult the Bible without reading it. I would say this is a terrible, terrible way to read the Bible, but, again, it’s NOT reading. And it often winds up being terribly misleading. [Read more…]

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‘Moral tribalism’ and translating the d-word

Haidt’s use of that word “righteous” is primarily, almost entirely, negative, implying a kind of self-righteousness or a sense of self-justification. This is righteousness as rectitude, as uprightness, or moral purity and correctness. It is righteousness as the acquisitive and proprietary possession of truth. This form of righteousness is not a virtue, but it’s what American Christians have learned from their American Bibles. [Read more…]

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Makin’ sure your soul’s all right

Christianity Today interviews Nate Parker about his film “The Birth of a Nation,” which is, among other things, one of the most Bible-saturated movies of all time. Plus: Donald Trump’s ever-shifting history on Iraq; 23 years of tax returns; and the Train Job in India. [Read more…]

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And if you float you burn

“This is a round up,” featuring two very different analyses of two very different candidates’ economic proposals; the perversity of pretending children are adults; folklore as memory and history; and North Carolina’s admission that it seeks to disenfranchise black citizens. [Read more…]

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Rekindled with fire from above

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?” [Read more…]

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