Abraham wasn’t like us, but we’re also not like Abraham

Peter O'Toole as Obi Wan Yahwobi in the 1966 epic "The Bible."

The idea that God speaks directly and unambiguously to humans is a given in the story of Abraham. The idea that God speaks directly and unambiguously to humans now is simply false. When that story is invoked today in support of the claim that we have precisely the same kind of direct and unambiguous access to divine command as Abraham had, then something dangerously wrong is going on. [Read more...]

Just take everything down to Highway 61: Obedience is always about epistemology

Triumph

No, no, no, the “pastors and apologists” say — that violates the spirit of the story. It’s about obedience, not epistemology. For the sake of the story, you must accept that you receive this command from God as an unambiguous revelation: You know with certainty it is a command from God. But that just restates the problem, it doesn’t solve it. Obedience is always about epistemology. [Read more...]

Feel our souls wear out and our laces break

KateAndSon

Some Monday morning links, including: Joseph and the Appalling Totalitarian Despot revisited; our credit overlords tweak their formula; maternal mules; tearing the corporate veil; and grinning in the presence of mine enemies. [Read more...]

Chemtrails & Creationists: ‘Biblical inerrancy’ as conspiracy theory

Contrails

“Inerrancy” is a kind of conspiracy theory. In this framework, theologians and biblical scholars are the equivalent of Air Force spokesmen. Seminaries are Area 51 (“they” will never admit what really goes on in there). [Read more...]

‘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...]

Drowning in echo amid the stained glass towers

Thursday

Most Americans don’t do things way before the deadline. Louisiana — where church isn’t boring. Flood stories and fairy stories. When are we gonna get a movie of “The Man Who Was Thursday”? A suggestion for “repeal and replace.” [Read more...]

Learn these 4 warning signs to avoid money-losing scams

InSearchOf

“Four Texas lawmakers, including two now running for statewide office, bought into a fledgling technology company that aimed to reap huge dividends with trades in electricity markets. Instead, the lawmakers said in a lawsuit, they were scammed by a chiseler who once claimed to have found Noah’s Ark.” [Read more...]

People have not always had domesticated camels. Or tomatoes. Or science.

It was a warm summer evening in ancient Greece. ...

Today, we have science. We’re so accustomed to this that we assume we’ve always had science — that we have always referred to and accounted for nature through the lens of science. But we didn’t always do this. We didn’t always have this any more than Italy has always had tomatoes or Israel has always had camels. [Read more...]


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