The doctrine of the Trinity … it’s a trap!


I probably fall into one of the countless categories of trinitarian heresies. Since almost everyone does, I’ve come to suspect that this is a feature, not a bug, of the doctrine of the Trinity. It’s a trap — an efficient machine for assigning and designating heresies. [Read more...]

If this is a joke, it’s a very elaborate joke


If this is a joke, it’s an incredibly elaborate joke — a hoax perpetrated by a comic genius who finds Christopher Guest’s troupe insufficiently subtle. Which is to say that I’m afraid this is not meant as a joke. Which is to say that I think it is a joke, but that JD Hall doesn’t realize that. He’s not Christopher Guest, he’s Corky St. Clair. [Read more...]

Theodicy and foreign policy: The U.S. is not omnipotent


Andrew Tabler is trying to revive one of the nastiest, most illogical of all the nasty, illogical arguments that misled America into the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. He’s repeating Glenn Reynolds’ ugly, foolish slur that anyone who opposed invading Iraq was “objectively pro-Saddam.” This accusation doesn’t make any more sense in 2013 than it did a decade ago, but I think I’ve finally figured out why people like Reynolds and Tabler trick themselves into thinking it does. They’re not really talking about foreign policy. They’re talking about theodicy. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism vs. reality: How fundie faith destroys itself

Fundamentalism: Take out one piece and the whole thing topples to the ground.

The larger problem is that according to fundamentalism, those falsehoods are inextricably linked to everything else. Everything. So if it turns out that the Earth is actually 4.5 billion years old, then, according to fundamentalism, life has no meaning, happiness is impossible, love is illusion, Jesus is dead, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins, and we are of all people most to be pitied. [Read more...]

YouTube and the God of Job


Toward the end of the book of Job, the character of God starts off listing all the incredible things he’s created as a way of bolstering his authority and trustworthiness. But then it starts to get away from him a bit. God starts grinning goofily at the thought of all these amazing creatures and the argument morphs into more of a reverie about just how freakin’ cool all this stuff he created has turned out to be. It’s like part-way through this theological discourse, the character of God wanders off and just starts surfing the Web, laughing with delight at animal videos on YouTube. [Read more...]

Lord won’t you tell us, tell us what does it mean

Karl Barth and Miroslav Volf on listening and seeing. They’re lookin’ down kinda puzzled, pokin’ that dog with a stick. [Read more...]

Please stop looking for the ‘original sin’ gene


We can only make sense out of the idea that sin is “genetic” if we’re also willing to make nonsense out of the ideas of justice, mercy, redemption, atonement, and forgiveness. And I’m rather fond of those. [Read more...]

Biblical Lysenkoism: Has Al Mohler ever read all four Gospels?


We tell those kids to read the Bible and a few of them actually do. And then they have questions. They notice the differences among the Gospel accounts and they ask about those. Some of the brighter and more ambitious Bible readers will even ask about some of the more esoteric bits gleaned from the not-always-compatible stories in the histories of the Hebrew scriptures. And any kid who reads 1 Chronicles on her own deserves a serious, honest response. [Read more...]