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Southern Baptist conservative leader Al Mohler takes a forthright look at the reality of his conservative theological heroes of the past and attempts to begin grappling with the fact that those heroes were also fierce advocates of white supremacy. In other words, the theologians who created Mohler’s beloved “Abstract of Principles” were also thorough heretics. Mohler isn’t quite sure what that means yet, but give him credit for acknowledging the problem. [Read more…]

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The world spins only forward. … The Great Work of Pentecost begins

Acts is not just a continuation of the story begun in Luke’s Gospel. It’s a requisite of the meaning of that Gospel, which is that this story does not end. The challenge “to write the 29th chapter of Acts” is not an invitation to end the story, but to continue it. We cannot finish it, but we can take it further. We can only follow its trajectory, ever onward, ever outward. [Read more…]

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Which David and Goliath story is the inerrant one?

The second problem for so-called biblical inerrantists here is larger and deeper and more essential — cutting to the heart of why “biblical inerrancy” is a fundamentally distorted and distorting approach to reading and understanding. The larger problem is not simply that the two stories in 1 Samuel contradict each other, but that the text’s attempt to merge them together is so transparent and seems, frankly, so poorly done. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.12)

Candida Moss on the pedagogy of Hell. Libby Anne on “Orgies, Bisexuality, James Dobson, and Evangelicals.” Ronald Osborn on misreading Genesis and mistreating animals. Matthew Frost on the Bible on its own terms. And the Associated Press finds that “Your seafood might come from slaves.” [Read more…]

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Taking too much too lightly

“I am quite confident that the Bible’s distinguished place in history will not be diminished in the absence of a state’s endorsement,” says Tennessee’s AG. And I agree (although I do like their choice for an official state song). Plus: Litigious man claims to have invented stale tropes; the Boongurunguru; more fun with the synoptic problem; and echoes of Galatians from the Friendly Atheist. [Read more…]

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What’s the deal with this ‘Sunday WTF’?

I’m sure that some people will perceive my focus on these passages as an “attack” on the Bible. But I’m not attacking it, I’m just quoting it — accurately. Those who wish to “defend” the Bible from being quoted accurately need to recognize that it cannot be the Bible itself that they’re defending. [Read more…]

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How fundies miss out on the fun (the Synoptic Problem is not that kind of ‘problem’)

Fundamentalists see the “synoptic problem” as the wrong kind of problem — as an embarrassing mistake that needs to be corrected by “harmonizing” the Gospels. But it’s not that kind of problem. It’s a literary detective story. It’s an ancient puzzle challenging us to try to solve it. And it’s really, really cool. [Read more…]

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How I learned to stop clobber-texting and love George Bailey

These Bailey-ite “alternative investments” with their modest interest rates might seem to me to be a wise way to help the working poor, but I also had heard hundreds of sermons reminding me that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” I knew that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,” and that it was always dangerous to think that we knew better than what we read in the inerrant Word of God. [Read more…]

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