Bildad the Shuhite and Todd Akin the Republican

Moralism is an expression of self-righteous pride. That’s where it always winds up. Always. But it doesn’t always start there. Sometimes it starts in fear. Think back to those archetypal moralists: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite. Job’s three friends, it is often noted, are good friends to him right up [Read More...]

Culture warriors produce a new, improved Bible

bible cover

Fundamentalist Christians are fond of the final verses of the book of Revelation: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. No, not that one, of course. They don’t tend to think of “grace” as a defining characteristic of the Lord Jesus. Nor do they believe such grace should be extended to [Read More...]

‘Inerrancy’ is not a victimless crime

The doctrine of “inerrancy” is often referred to as a “high view of scripture.” It is not. It’s a low-down dirty trick to play on the Bible and on anyone who tries to read it. Inerrancy is not a victimless crime. It chases some people away from the Bible and prevents others from reading it [Read More...]

Ken Ham’s biblical exegesis is just as sound as his science

Let me step back and explain where I’m coming from with today’s odd burst of posts. I’ve been butting heads with young-earth creationists for most of my life. This goes back more than 30 years, to the middle-school “science” classes wherein I was first, unsuccessfully, indoctrinated in “scientific creationism.” We studied “the controversy” — but [Read More...]

Genre matters: The Bible and the Dewey Decimal system

The Bible is a book. It’s a bunch of books, actually, a bunch of different books written at different times by different people for different purposes. A bunch of different books in different genres. The Dewey Decimal system acknowledges this, offering a classification for the Bible as a whole (220) and for a (somewhat inadequate) [Read More...]

Second verse, same as the first …

This is no laughing matter. Your problem is a lack of faith. We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our minds. That means we must submit all of our intellect and accept the authority of the text. You’ve got it backwards. All that book learning has convinced you that your intellect [Read More...]

A hermeneutic walks into a bar …

The story is just stupid, OK? First off, gorillas can’t talk. Duh. So, like, what? You actually believe in talking gorillas? That makes you a moron. You and everybody else who tells this story. And everybody who listens to it. You’re all morons. Plus, do you realize how terrifying this would be? How dangerous? A [Read More...]

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection

Russell Crowe as Noah, Earl of Locksley

I’ve mentioned before that I love the story of Rainbow Crow, the beautiful Lenape tale of how the crow got its black feathers and hoarse, croaking caw. It’s a terrific story. But I do not want to see “Rainbow Crow: The Movie.” The story is perfect as it is — as a story that can [Read More...]