We have the obligation to be sure that justice, peace, and righteousness remain the higher standard by which the state is held accountable rather than aiding and abetting the state to redefine and co-opt that standard.
The Bible—even where it talks about God—is a relentlessly contextual collection of ancient literature that takes wisdom and patience to handle well, and in doing so drives us toward further contemplation of God here and now.
Old Testament scholar Christopher Rollston, in his 2015 book Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, makes the case (among several related cases) that literacy in ancient Israel was almost exclusively confined to an elite, educated class, and not something that your average Jacob and Rachel Israelite could handle. It’s a wonderfully informative book, even it presumes of […]
And if we take the character of Scripture seriously, we will find our expectations challenged and instead come to see that the Bible presents us with an “invitation we can’t refuse”
For those of you who are thinking of getting a PhD and want to know what I think, here ya go.
It looks like whoever wrote the Flood story has a bone to pick with the Canaanites.
The Bible bears the marks of the messiness of the diverse human drama. Christian theology, if it wishes to be compelling and speak into people’s lives, needs to incorporate that fact, not shy away from it.
One of the tasks of theologians is to explore and restate central doctrines in the light of developments in human knowledge.
A willingness to accept how Scripture comes to us is a mark of faith and trust in God, not an act of disloyalty to God.
We honor tradition best when we take seriously the sacred responsibility for shaping it.