Quote of the Moment: Protestant Doubt

“Anathema to the Christian who will not be certain of what he is supposed to believe, and who does not comprehend it. How can he believe that which he doubts?” - Martin Luther, "De Servo Arbitrio" ("The Bondage of the Will")In 1524, the great humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam published his defense of Catholicism against Martin Luther, "De Libero Arbitrio" ("Of Free Will"). Part of it was kind of a scorched earth defense. Erasmus argued that there was so much in scripture that is hard to puz … [Read more...]

The Bible, Bigotry and the Willie Nelson Look

I'm sincerely sorry for doing this. I said that I would speak no more of He-who-shall-not-be-named. I want to honor that. But some of the comments I've seen on Christian blogs deserve a response.The comments in question all follow the same lines: "Why is He-who-shall-not-be-named being called a bigot just for saying what the Bible says?" As an answer, let's start with this:I know that the logic of 1 Corinthians 11:13-16 is famously hard to puzzle out (see Mark Goodacre), but the … [Read more...]

Harold Camping vs. the End of the World

A short and somewhat scattered trailer for the documentary Apocalypse Later, featuring the biblical interpretation of Harold Camping and flashes of Bart Ehrman.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqHVSGAl6uMHarold Camping died on Sunday, finally putting an end to this chapter of apocalyptic expectations. Let's remember him for the mistake he made, but let us also remember him as one of the incredibly rare apocalyptic preachers who at the last had the courage and dignity to admit that he was … [Read more...]

Bible Mash-ups

First, Michael Walker trained a Markov Chain on the King James Bible and a computer science textbook, "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs," producing the King James Programming bible.And Satan stood up against them in the table used by the programs external to the enclosing procedureWho immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when the sun went down, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and said, We will not attempt to print the … [Read more...]

Awkward Moments Children’s Bible

Looking for that perfect gift for the kids on your list?Well, you're better off not buying them a copy of the Awkward Moments (Not found in your average) Children's Bible. Despite its colorful images and faithfully translated Bible stories, it's clearly not for children. Unless your child likes images of dying unicorns:And prepare to answer some interesting questions if you show them the story of Moses and God's glory hole:(via American Jesus) … [Read more...]