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October 09, 2017
Discovering “Biblical Truths”
If a literal, “plain-text” reading of the Bible, especially as informed by modern evangelical theology,...
October 02, 2017
Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby
A new book explores the small but powerful family behind Hobby Lobby and how they...
September 15, 2017
5 Things We’ll Miss If We Take the Bible Too Literally
I’ve discovered throughout my long and winding journey that the security we get from biblical...
August 24, 2017
When the Bible Doesn’t Give You History
What if the Bible doesn’t line up with history?
July 07, 2017
4 Reasons Why I Gave up Bible Debates
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve done my homework. I’ve been reading the Bible for as...
June 28, 2017
Faith in the Fog: Making Peace With the Messiness of the Bible
Contrary to well-meaning advice from many concerned Christians, reading the Bible is not a good...
April 03, 2017
“I Just Go by What the Bible Says” and Other Ridiculous Things Pastors Say
If spent any time in a fundamentalist or evangelical church, you’ve probably heard some variation...
March 15, 2017
Here’s Why Progressive Christianity Just Doesn’t Work
I'm anticipating a lot of people will read the title of this article without clicking...
February 27, 2017
Deceived by God’s Word
There is a lot of fear in various Christian circles today that people are being...
February 21, 2017
God-Breathed: Questioning Inerrancy
Growing up, I was taught that the Bible is the Word of God, and that...
January 13, 2017
No, the Bible Isn’t God’s Personal Letter to You
The message above recently appeared on the sign outside of a church in my neighborhood.
December 06, 2016
Why the Bible Doesn’t ‘Clearly Say’ Anything
If you are saying those words in English, living in present-day America, then you are...
November 28, 2016
How Can You Call Yourselves Christian When You Don’t Believe in the Bible?
A reader asks how we can call ourselves Christians when we don't believe in the...
September 12, 2016
Christians need to be honest about biblical contradictions (especially in the Bible’s different portrayals of God)
Christian leaders and churches need to admit that we have done a poor job in...
July 20, 2016
What the H*!! Does “Biblical” Mean?
What does biblical mean to conservative Christians?
June 27, 2016
How can a progressive Christian who is living in a same-sex marriage be bible-believing?
June 15, 2016
The Good Book of Human Nature
In their new book The Good Book of Human Nature, evolutionary anthropologist Carel van Schaik...
April 27, 2016
11 Bible Verses That Turn Christians Into Atheists
When I asked her why she became an atheist, she said, "I started reading the...
April 26, 2016
Why biblical inerrancy simply makes no sense
The reason biblical inerrancy simply makes no sense is this: It’s simply not true to...
April 18, 2016
Lessons from Jesus on how to apply scripture (part 2)
What guided Jesus's process of sorting through the inconsistencies, contradictions, different perspectives, and theological views...
April 06, 2016
Lessons from Jesus on how to apply scripture (part 1)
What can Jesus teach us about appropriating scripture for the purpose of discovering and fulfilling...
March 29, 2016
Why Bible believers are not really Bible believers
A good number of evangelical Christians self-identify as Bible believers. It’s a peculiar way for...
January 11, 2016
Is The Bible Lying?
Though the original comment is ostensibly a response to the (blasphemous!) idea that the Bible...
December 07, 2015
Bible Test for Syrian Refugees
Surely, it is quite easy to establish whether someone is a Christian or not. Just...
September 11, 2015
The Punctuation Mark That Might Change How You Read Romans
One of our all-time most viewed posts on the UC blog is Don Burrows' "Romans...
August 31, 2015
Clobbering the Confusion About 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The debate about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is confusing, and there simply isn't one decisive answer...
August 26, 2015
What the Bible Is
The written documents that constitute our Bible are snapshots of an evolving, developing, dynamic faith...
July 17, 2015
Your “Deeply Held Religious Belief” Isn’t Biblical
The more I hear the words deeply held religious belief, the more uneasy I feel....
July 08, 2015
Biblical Marriage and Biblical Justice
Are you growing weary of the outcry of angst, fear, and frustration over marriage equality...
April 29, 2015
Southern Baptists, Racism, and Biblical Inerrancy
While Southern Baptists believe that scripture is “truth without any mixture of error” it is...
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