We tell our story to connect to anyone who feels they are no longer welcome in their church community, a house they helped build through tears, laughter, prayer, confession, breaking of bread, and week after week of showing up to serve. We want to tell a broader story that says “You belong.”
The scandal of the Evangelical mind is that doctrine determines academic conclusions. Degrees, books, papers, and other marks of prestige are valued—provided you come to predetermined conclusions.
The Old Testament models an intentionally innovative, adaptive, and contemporizing theological dynamic—a recasting of the past to speak to the changing present and for a vision for the future.
I lay much of the blame on schools who boast of their top flight PhD programs and continue to recruit students but are apparently oblivious to the fact that their graduates won’t find work in what they think they are training for: tenure track positions in colleges, universities, or seminaries.
Expanding your faith is like renovating your house. Your 120-year-old Victorian is rock solid, the envy of the neighborhood, though maybe needing a touch up here and there. Until an expert builder does a walk through—and what he finds isn’t pretty. One side of the house is resting on a badly cracked foundation. You couldn’t tell on […]
If you know how Wikipedia works, you have a good idea of how the authorship of biblical books went down: an anonymous text is added to over time, but none of the additions are screaming for individual recognition. Benjamin Sommer explains the phenomenon this way: As Walter Jackson Bate and Harold Bloom have shown, poets since […]
As I’m sitting here, the thought strikes me, “My, Pete, you do write a lot about the Bible. Aren’t you tired? Don’t you want to move on? Maybe make some money, finally?” Yes, sometimes, to all those. But what motivates me to do what I do is a spiritual/intellectual quest to answer (or at least have an answer I am […]
God reveals. The biblical writers interpret God’s revelation. Those interpretations eventually become the Bible. The fact that different writers are interpreting God’s revelation at different times, for different reasons, and for different circumstances accounts for why the Bible contains diverse and contradictory points of view. In a nutshell, that is one of the core points Benjamin D. Sommer […]
I deeply respect Scripture, but I am not an inerrantist. I have several reasons for this, but it comes down to two things: The Bible as a whole (rather than a prooftext or two) doesn’t support inerrancy. The history of Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible doesn’t support inerrancy. I write quite a bit about the […]
Some of you may not be aware, but I write a lot on God, Jesus, the Bible, and things of that sort. I also find—as do others—that every once in a teensy weensy while I get criticized for what I say, which, as I never grow tired of saying, is par for the course. If […]