Is The Bible Lying?


Though the original comment is ostensibly a response to the (blasphemous!) idea that the Bible does not actually condemn homosexuality, and though it lacks a developed argument, it’s a fine example of the sort of mindset that drives many conservative Christians, especially regarding contentious moral issues. [Read more...]

Bible Test for Syrian Refugees


Surely, it is quite easy to establish whether someone is a Christian or not. Just ask Presidential candidate Jeb Bush. I mean, there are ways. One of those ways should be for all Syrian refugees who want to enter the United States to take a rigorous test of their faith and their understanding of Scripture. [Read more...]

The Punctuation Mark That Might Change How You Read Romans

Romans 1:18 in Codex Sinaiticus, 4th century

One of our all-time most viewed posts on the UC blog is Don Burrows’ “Romans 1:26-27: A Clobber Passage That Should Lose Its Wallop.” Drawing upon the work of Calvin Porter, Burrows argues that Romans 1:18-32 is best understood as “boilerplate, Hellenistic Jewish material that attacks the Gentiles.” [Read more...]

Clobbering the Confusion About 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

1 Cor. 6:9-10 in P46, about 200 CE.

The debate about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is confusing, and there simply isn’t one decisive answer that resolves all the difficulties in this passage. [Read more...]

What the Bible Is


The written documents that constitute our Bible are snapshots of an evolving, developing, dynamic faith frozen in time. [Read more...]

Your “Deeply Held Religious Belief” Isn’t Biblical


The more I hear the words “deeply held religious belief,” the more uneasy I feel. I wasn’t sure why until I had read through the umpteenth article on the subject. And that’s when I realized that the so-called “beliefs” being defended aren’t actually rooted in scripture. [Read more...]

Biblical Marriage and Biblical Justice


Are you growing weary of the outcry of angst, fear, and frustration over marriage equality from Christians who claim to believe in biblical marriage? What if more Christians who say they believe in biblical marriage would actually practice biblical justice? [Read more...]

Southern Baptists, Racism, and Biblical Inerrancy


While Southern Baptists believe that scripture is “truth without any mixture of error” it is obvious that Southern Baptists do not read the Bible without any mixture of error. Southern Baptists, along with everyone else, read the Bible as fallible, error-prone human beings who are about as likely to get things wrong as right. [Read more...]