We Agree: We Can’t Agree to Disagree on Anti-Gay Bigotry

When bigotry uses the tools of my trade — in this case Greek philology — I feel duty-bound to set the record straight. [Read more…]

Why the Bible Doesn’t ‘Clearly Say’ Anything

If you are saying those words in English, living in present-day America, then you are uttering either an obfuscation or an outright lie. Because the Bible doesn’t clearly say much of anything. [Read more…]

There Is No “Judeo-Christian Tradition”

Ohio Governor John Kasich, whose bid for the presidency appears to be running on fumes, announced this week that the U.S. should develop a federal agency to export “Judeo-Christian values.” [Read more…]

Kicking the Samaritan: Christianity and the Anti-Muslim Backlash

By now, the anti-Muslim backlash we witness after every fresh terror attack is not all that surprising. Bigots will be bigots, and they are not known for complexity or nuance in the face of … well, anything. [Read more…]

God Still Wishes He Were Dead: A Scene-By-Scene Analysis of the God’s Not Dead 2 Trailer

I’ve been avidly consuming any and all speculation and analysis of the trailers for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and it struck me that we should do our own scene-by-scene analysis of the latest trailer to drop for another blockbuster sequel. I’m referring, of course, to the no-doubt highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s “God’s Not Dead.” [Read more…]

Jesus-Deniers Still Don’t Get It

Despite what New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman calls a cottage industry promoting the claim that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, the existence of a guy by that name in first century Palestine who was crucified by the Romans remains a matter of historical consensus among ancient historians and philologists. [Read more…]

The Duggars: Privilege and Personal Irresponsibility

Nothing has laid bare how obviously conservatives’ own privilege trumps the “personal responsibility” they demand of everyone else than the ongoing saga regarding Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s oldest progeny and his apparent teenage preoccupation with molesting young girls. [Read more…]

Again: Raping Angels and Being Gay Are Not the Same Thing

There is perhaps no more abused passage in the Bible for condemning gays and lesbians than the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We’ve discussed other major anti-gay clobber passages on this blog multiple times, including the ambiguous Romans 1 with its mysterious interlocutor, and the equally perplexing 1 Corinthians 6:9 with its invented terms for [Read More…]